History and Science Museums Tour, Buenos Aires (Self Guided)

To visit a museums of history or science is like opening a book that tells you everything about the spirit of a country's citizens and the essence of their local traditions. Often historically significant in themselves architecturally, these buildings act as a ready-made guide to the history and scientific achievements of Buenos Aires. Take our tour and discover the most important museums of the city.
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Guide Name: History and Science Museums Tour
Guide Location: Argentina » Buenos Aires (See other walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: irenes
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The City Museum

1) The City Museum

This Museum was established in 1968 to compile and present the history and culture of Buenos Aires through an eclectic collection of artifacts and exhibits. It also holds several city fairs that have become major tourist attractions.

The City Museum of Buenos Aires, created in 1968, moved to its present venue at Alsina Street in 1973. In addition to its main building, exhibits are placed in the House of Cherubs and the Elloriaga Heights in Defensa Street and the Maria Josefa Ascura House and the Estrella Pharmacy also on Alsina Street. The Azcurra and Elloriaga Houses are restored homes that were built in Buenos Aires in the twelfth century.

The main Alsina Street building of the City Museum hosts temporary exhibitions and exhibits change every two months. Permanent collections are displayed in the House of Cherubs. Exhibits include toys, former editions of the oldest Spanish language magazine for children in the world that was published in Buenos Aires called the Billiken magazine, an art nouveau bedroom, a room dedicated to sound systems from the phonograph to the radio and an early dining room. The Estrella pharmacy has the early furniture and decorations common in the early drugstores in the city. The Museum organizes art fairs, book fairs, metal and clothing fairs and the popular San Pedro Telmo Fair at Plaza Dorrego.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Casa Rosada Museum

2) Casa Rosada Museum (must see)

The Casa Rosada Museum is located inside the main office buildings of the President of Argentina, The Casa Rosada or Pink House. The museum has exhibits showcasing the 100 years of the Casa Rosada as the seat of power in Argentina.

The Casa Rosada Museum hosts an array of exhibits and collections of objects belonging to the rulers of Argentina through the ages. It was created in 1957 for the purpose of exhibiting presidential memorabilia. It has objects from the remains of an old fort that once stood on the site of the Casa Rosada and the Customs House designed by British architect, Edward Taylor. The Customs House was once the largest building in Argentina.

Exhibits at the museum include books, furniture, swords, uniforms, and carriages used by former Presidents of Argentina. Objects like the flatware and dolls used by presidential families are also on display. Some of the underground rooms lay beneath well-known government buildings that once stood there. An extension was built in 2011 to house a mural by the Mexican artist, Jose David Alfaro Siqueiros. There is also a section devoted to the popular Eva Peron. Visitors need to make advanced reservations for the free tours that are conducted around the museum.

Why You Should Visit:
Nice well-kept museum that complements your visit to the actual Casa Rosada.
It's free and you can learn more about all the phases of the city's development.
As a plus, the mural by Siqueiros is one of the artist's top works and will flood your senses.

Tip:
The free tours are totally worth it and easy to arrange, online, in advance; they are conducted in Spanish, unless specially arranged/paid for, also in advance.
On a weekend, you can also visit Casa Rosada (for free as well) on a guided tour, so plan accordingly as both visits do take their considerable time.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Sun: 10am-6pm
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Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution

3) Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution (must see)

The National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution tells the story of the Spanish colonial rule in Argentina and the May revolution that ended Spanish supremacy in the country. It is a repository of government and revolutionary exhibits from the 18th century.

The Cabildo that houses the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution was a former residence of the Spanish Viceroy built in 1764. It became the city hall after Argentina declared independence from the Spanish Crown after the May revolution in 1810. The revolution took place in the Plaza in front of the Cabildo. It is one of the few colonial buildings still standing in Buenos Aires. Its original columns and facades were destroyed to make way for two major avenues and the present structure is the result of a reconstruction in 1940 based on the design of architect Mario Buschiazzo.

Exhibits at the museum include paintings, artifacts, weapons, maps, documents, costumes, jewelry and photographs from the 18th century when the May revolution took place. An ornamental well constructed in 1835 is the only surviving part of the original Cabildo after the 1940 reconstruction. A crafts fair is held on Thursdays and Fridays in the courtyard.

Why You Should Visit:
Entry is free, and inside are a number of rooms detailing the colonial history of the city, with a large number of artifacts.
They have cards in English that give the translation of all the signs and information.

Tip:
Don't forget to go upstairs for good views of Plaza de Mayo and all the surrounding buildings.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri: 10:30am-4:30pm; Thu: 10:30am-7:30pm; Sat, Sun: 10:30am-5:30pm
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Museum of Weapons

4) Museum of Weapons (must see)

The Museum of Weapons (Spanish: Museo de Armas de la Nacion) in Buenos Aires is a repository of arms and ammunition used in Argentina down the ages. It is located in the military circuit of the city near the Palacio Paz.

Although rather small, the museum has a vast collection of arms used from the times of the Spanish conquest. There are several bronze busts of military heroes of the country and a special section devoted to the recent Falkland’s War fought against Great Britain over the Falklands Islands from the Argentinean point of view. The Argentineans attempted to capture the Islas Malvinas ( Falklands Islands) claiming that they formed part of their territory. The museum has 17 rooms and takes visitors through the history and evolution of weaponry. The curator is Isidro Abel Vides, a Falkland’s War veteran.

Exhibits include armor, uniforms worn by the Argentinean army, samurai suits, 12th-century daggers and swords, bayonets, antique and modern rifles, Gatling and machine guns and rocket launchers. A section for children has toy soldiers showing the history of military costume in Argentina. Some toy soldiers also wear international military costumes. There are also several models on Argentinean forts. The special section on the Falkland’s War has a display about the sinking of the warship, General Belgrano.

Why You Should Visit:
For a small fee, you get to see the 18 rooms full of weapons, some of which you never knew were ever invented or used.
The Japanese/Samurai section alone is very cool and makes the museum worth visiting.

Tip:
Photos are allowed!

Opening Hours:
Mon: 9am-5pm; Tue-Fri: 1-7pm; Sat: 12-4pm
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Participative Science Museum

5) Participative Science Museum

The Participative Science Museum in Buenos Aires is a hands on teaching, children oriented museum. The motto of the museum is, ‘Forbidden not to touch’.

The Participative Science Museum has few rooms but is packed with interesting things for children to do. It is run by the nonprofit Foundation of Science Museums and opened its doors in 1988. The focus of the interactive exhibits is to teach children and adults why things happen and what makes things happen. The goal is to make learning science and math enjoyable for children. The philosophy of the museum is touching each exhibit and learning while doing.

The Participative Science Museum offers enjoyable science tips and tricks for children and adults. Exhibits help children understand optics, natural, music, electricity, magnetism and electronics among other scientific disciplines. A popular exhibit is the, ‘Don’t Kill Me Math’ display which helps children understand the dreaded subject of mathematics using simple tricks. During the school year the museum attracts school children who are brought by their schools to learn from the interactive displays. Most of the exhibits are in Spanish and visitors who do not know the language may not enjoy the museum as much as bi- lingual tourists and locals.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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