Museums For Children Self-Guided Tour, Buenos Aires (Self Guided)

By nature, children are very newsy. They want to get to know and see as much as possible. Children's energy is the key to success, they'll get inspired to see all these museums, to get in touch with the history of this beautiful city, the city of Buenos Aires. Here is a list of attractions you should take into consideration when visiting Buenos Aires:
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Museums For Children Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums For Children Self-Guided 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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
Author: irenes
The Argentinean Puppet Museum

1) The Argentinean Puppet Museum

The Argentinean Puppet Museum was established by two professors in 1983. Their objectives were to document and preserve the different types of puppetry in Argentina and to promote fruitful exchanges among puppeteers from around the world.

The Argentinean Puppet Museum was created by Sarah Bianchi and Bernardo Mane. At first they held an exhibition with the help of the UNICEF in 1971. They collected enough material to form a museum and at first the display formed part of the Historical Museum of La Boca. At the time the museum had 200 dolls, fifty posters and literature about puppets and puppetry. As the collection grew and required more space, the house of Bernardo Mane was remodeled as a museum and opened to the public in 1996.

The Argentinean Puppet Museum now has several large showcases showing puppets from different countries and displaying different techniques. There is a room dedicated to playwright and puppeteer Sergei Orbrastzov who is often regarded as the finest 20th century puppeteer. Another room is dedicated to the different types of puppetry performed in Mexico. There is a specialized library with books on puppetry for researchers, workshops and a space for temporary shows. There is a hall where shows for adults and children are performed every day.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fragata Presidente Sarmiento

2) Fragata Presidente Sarmiento

The Fragata Presidente Sarmiento is one of the last Argentine naval training ships from the 1890s. It houses a museum about navigation today.

The Fragata Presidente Sarmiento was the first training ship of the Argetine Navy. The seventh president of Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento established the navy academy in the country and commissioned the frigate to take marines around the world as part of their education. It was built in Liverpool and arrived in Argentina in 1898. It was 230 feet long and 44 feet wide. It has 3 masts, 35 sails and a beautiful figurehead representing the Argentine republic on the bow. It set off on its maiden voyage in 1899. The Fragata Presidente Sarmiento sailed around the world 39 times for the purpose of training young navy cadets. The seagoing function of the ship was stopped in 1938. It remained a stationary training ship docked in Buenos Aires until 1961 and became a National Historic Monument in 1962.

In 1964 Fragata Presidente Sarmiento was converted into a museum. Objects brought back by the frigate after its trips around the world are exhibited. Among objects displayed are a stone from the Great Wall of China, the embalmed body of the ship’s pet, Lampazo and the Argentine flag embroidered in Shanghai. Catholic Mass is celebrated on board every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Toy Museum

3) Toy Museum

The Buenos Aires Toy Museum is a true outlet for Argentinean culture. It is a dream world for kids, where adults too can feel young again! Many of the toy collections reflect the childhoods of local people of different generations, and act like mirrors for the souls of young Argentines and their first experiences of the world.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Participative Science Museum

4) 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
Automobile Museum

5) Automobile Museum

Automobile enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Buenos Aires Automobile Museum which has a vast collection of cars and other vehicles used in Argentina from the time of the import of its first automobile. It forms part of the Automovil Club Argentina.

The Automovil Club Argentina was established by Dalmiro Varela Castex who imported the first two cars to Argentina. The national headquarters of the club was designed by architect, Antonio U Vilar in collaboration with Alejandro Bustillo and completed in 1942. The Museum was established in the year 2000.

The Automobile Museum has an impressive collection of vintage cars, small matchbox sized cars and large replicas. The focus is 20th century cars from well known and obscure European and American automobile manufacturers. There is a special section devoted to Juan Fangio and Oscar Galvez both Argentine racing legends. British double deckered buses, vintage working trucks and a Lecherito or car that was modified to carry milk cans also form part of the collections. There are vintage motorcycles and scooters made by well known European manufacturers on display. The walls are covered with a wealth of photographs, certificates and auto memorabilia and the museum has reproductions of a service station, garage and paint shop. Visitors can enjoy an audio visual display about the history of the automobile in Argentina and browse the automobile trade and consumer magazines and auto related books in the library of the museum.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Create Your Own Walk in Buenos Aires

Creating your own self-guided walk in Buenos Aires 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.
Gay Nightlife Walking Tour

Gay Nightlife Walking Tour

You want to get on the town? To feel the freedom of love pulsing in the air? Than Buenos Aires’ gay nightclubs are calling on you! It is the epicenter of the world’s nightlife; the music and entertainment never stop here! Don't leave the city before you visit at least all of these top attractions:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

Old buildings are like mirrors of the past that reveal a little part of the history of a given place. There's much to admire in a historical building, whether its the architectural elements, the style or the décor that grabs you. Here in Buenos Aires, if you walk within its historical buildings, you can enter the history of the city and the spirit of the Argentine people.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Buenos Aires without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Buenos Aires, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.1 km
Famous Squares Walking Tour

Famous Squares Walking Tour

Buenos Aires is a wondrous city that will surprise you both by its beauty and by its wide range of attractions, with lots of landmarks, historical buildings and pretty squares to see. Why not take this walk through Buenos Aires and enjoy its numerous plazas (squares), parks and other top attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Gay Friendly Self-Guided Tour

Gay Friendly Self-Guided Tour

Buenos Aires is one of most popular gay destinations. It is an open-minded city where gays and lesbians can socialize freely in plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants. It's a city where the locals are gay friendly and accept gay tourists as a natural feature of Buenos Aires. Here you'll find some top tips on where to go and where to find some of the city's most popular gay...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires is a bustling, cosmopolitan city, abundant in architectural and historic landmarks. The city center is dominated by Plaza de Mayo, lined with majestic 19th-century buildings, including the iconic presidential palace Casa Rosada. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, Obelisk of Buenos Aires and numerous plazas. Take this orientation walk and explore these...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Buenos Aires, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

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