Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II, Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II (Self Guided), Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is a major town for cultural attractions for tourists. For those interested in art and culture, there are theaters which provide live music and great cultural performances, as well as a large number of museums with interesting artifacts on display. Take the following tour to learn more about the culture of Mar del Plata.
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Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II Map

Guide Name: Mar del Plata Downtown Tour II
Guide Location: Argentina » Mar del Plata (See other walking tours in Mar del Plata)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: karenl
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art
  • Monumento Lobos Marinos
  • Teatro Colón
  • Centro Cultural Osvaldo Soriano
  • Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia
  • Quilmes Restaurant
Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art

1) Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art (must see)

The Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art is the premier museum of fine arts in Mar del Plata. Commissioned by the Ortíz Basualdo family of Buenos Aires, among the most prominent landowners in Argentina, the distinctive villa on Mar del Plata's prestigious Stella Maris Hill was built in 1909 as a summer residence. Designed by Luis Dubois and Pablo Pater, the eclecticist, Art nouveau villa followed a picturesque movement in French architecture common to new, upscale residences in both France and Argentina, at the time. The structure, predominantly in stone, was capped by zinc mansard roofing.

The oceanfront city was given its first municipal museum of fine art in 1938, when the facility was inaugurated in the Mar del Plata City Hall. The museum gathered a collection of mainly modern art in subsequent decades, and in particular works by local realist painter and muralist Juan Carlos Castagnino. The museum's collections feature nearly 600 paintings, sculptures, lithographs, photographs and other works, including those by Argentine artists Antonio Berni, Alberto Bruzzone, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Luis Seoane, Raúl Soldi, and Juan Carlos Castagnino, for whom the museum was renamed in 1982, and of whom the museum houses 138 works.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Monumento Lobos Marinos

2) Monumento Lobos Marinos

Located in the heart of the town, the monument is a remarkable symbol of Mar del Plata which became the most photographed sculpture for tourists. Originally inaugurated in 1940, the statue is made of local stone and is located here because the former settlements of the sea lions could be found on Playa Bristol. Made by the famous sculptor Fioravanti, the sculpture shows the location of the stairs which lead down to the Playa Bristol.
Teatro Colón

3) Teatro Colón (must see)

Founded in 1892 and officially opened in 1924, the Teatro Colón is notable for its unique architecture and the richness of its performances. Situated near Plaza San Martin, the theater was designed by architect A. Pascual and is considered an original work of huge importance to the history of Mar del Plata. The building is an example of Spanish architecture with neo-colonial interiors. The exterior facade is decorated with Gothic elements and Renaissance arches and is dominated by a central spire of old stone and two low towers. It also features Gothic windows formed by arches of graved stone and Renaissance balustrades. The theatre is home to important cultural events throughout the year and other theatrical activities with famous artists from Mar del Plata.
Centro Cultural Osvaldo Soriano

4) Centro Cultural Osvaldo Soriano

Situated in the center of Mar del Plata, the building is a well-known place for locals and tourists due to its beautifully-colored facade and the interesting cultural events which it hosts throughout the year. The building houses the municipal library of the city and a cultural center. The center provides various interesting activities for the entire family, ranging from movies and theater to all kinds of music and great collections of books. It is a great option for visitors who want to enjoy a family outing where good shows are guaranteed.
Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia

5) Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales Lorenzo Scaglia (must see)

Situated in Plaza Espana, this the first museum that attracted scientists from all over the world and many other paleontologists who came to study and see its interesting collections. Officially inaugurated in February 1938, the museum is divided into two important sections: a hall which hosts exhibits of scientists, and the other which houses the dinosaurs’ collection, an aquarium with fresh water and a park for children which makes the museum a favorite. It also displays some of the most important specimens of the country, species of mammals, fish fauna and scientific articles related to zoology and paleontology. Another popular exhibition of the museum is the collection of the priest G. Scaglia which presents historical documents, vintage coins and other archeological items.
Quilmes Restaurant

6) Quilmes Restaurant

Situated in Quilmes Athletic Club, the Quilmes Restaurant is one of the oldest in Mar del Plata. The restaurant provides a comfortable atmosphere and an environment perfect for different types of events such as business meetings or social events and first class shows. The restaurant contains three VIP rooms on the first floor, big TVs, air-conditioning, great music and a recreation area for children with a large plastic castle and table games. The restaurant also offers fine cuisine, quality authentic meals and unique desserts.

Walking Tours in Mar del Plata, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Mar del Plata

Create Your Own Walk in Mar del Plata

Creating your own self-guided walk in Mar del Plata is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Mar Del Plata Shops

Mar Del Plata Shops

Shopping in Mar del Plata is mostly concentrated in the center which has various specialty stores and lovely boutiques from which to buy. Tourists can also visit some shopping malls and open markets where they will find numerous local items, interesting souvenirs and leather goods. Visitors can try to find everything they're looking for in an hour or spend days browsing the shopping areas....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Mar del Plata Introduction Walking Tour

Mar del Plata Introduction Walking Tour

Known primarily for its stunning beaches and surf breaks, Mar del Plata is also an architecture-rich destination set on the Argentinean Atlantic coast. Some of the city's elegant late-19th-early-20th-century buildings now house museums, theaters, hotels and other attractions. If you have a taste for architecture, follow this walk and enjoy the alternate side of Mar del Plata resort!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Mar del Plata Downtown Tour I

Mar del Plata Downtown Tour I

Mar del Plata is a fascinating seaside province with plenty of historical buildings, imposing landmarks, stunning churches, and an unforgettable Latin atmosphere. The most outstanding attractions include Catedral de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia, Chateau Frontenac Hotel and Edificio Demetrio Eliades. Take the following tour to discover the most outstanding attractions in downtown Mar del Plata!

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles