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6 Must-Visit Museums in Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is a wonderful location to study abroad in Argentina. It is a dynamic city, very rich in culture, so while you’re there, you’ll have plenty to experience and keep you enthralled and entertained as you explore everything available to you. To get started, here are six museums in Buenos Aires you simply can’t miss:

1. MALBA

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

MALBA, featured above, is located on the edge of Palermo. It features works from acclaimed Latin American artists such as Frida Kahlo, Clorindo Testa, Diego Rivera and Antonio Berni, among many others, belonging to its permanent exhibition. The itinerant expositions held at the galleries often draw plenty of public attention: Yoko Ono, Leandro Erlich, Mario Testino, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol and Tracey Emin paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations have been part of the displays.

The museum has its own cinema, with a wide variety of film programming. Located at Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415, it opens Wednesdays 12 to 9pm and Thursdays through Mondays, 12 to 8pm, with an admission range from $100 to free, based on conditions such as age and day of the week. MALBA is closed Tuesdays.

2. MNAD

Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
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National Museum of Decorative Art (MNAD)

The collections of antique furniture, oriental porcelains, sculptures, tapestries, paintings undfold though several floors of this palace, built at the beginning of the 20th century. Works of Manet, El Greco and Rodin decorate sumptuously embellished walls and lounges. The outdoor bar, Croque Madame, is a highlight.

Located at Av. Del Libertador 1902, MNAD opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 2 to 7pm. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is free of charge.

3. MNBA

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA)

The MNBA has the largest artistic heritage in the country and one of the preeminent collections in Latin America. It has a permanent collection of works by artists such as Degas, Reynolds, Picasso, Goya, Rothko, Monet, Delacroix, Van Gogh, Pollok, Renoir and an extensive list of other artists and anonymous pieces.

An outstanding work on display is a plaster study of Rodin’s The Kiss. It can be found at the core of the ground floor.

You can visit the MNBA Tuesday through Friday, from 11am to 8pm, at Av. Del Libertador 1473. The museum is open on weekends from 10am to 8pm and closed Mondays. Admission is free of charge.

4. MACN

Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales
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Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (MACN)

This museum showcases one of the continent’s most important paleontological exhibitions. The monumental reconstructed skeletons of various species are a highlight: the Smilodon (saber-toothed cat), Eoraptor, Patagosaurus and Glyptodon are just some of the specimens on display. The birds and rocks exhibition halls also feature a varied and very interesting collection. Situated near Parque Centenario, the exact address is Av. Angel Gallardo 490. MACN is open every day from 2 to 7pm. Admission is $40.

5. MAMBA

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires
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Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMBA)

Kandinsky, Miró and Mondrian are some of the international artists that complement a thorough collection of works by contemporary Argentine artists. The MAMBA holds true jewels in the heart of San Telmo, at Av. San Juan 350.  The museum opens from 11am to 7pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 11am to 8pm on weekends. It is closed Mondays. The entrance fee is $20, with free admission on Tuesdays.

6. MACBA

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
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Museum of Contemporary Art of Buenos Aires (MACBA)

Right beside the MAMBA, you’ll find the MACBA, a museum filled with vibrant colors and bright rooms. This modern gallery opened in 2012, to exhibit the collection of Aldo Rubino. The permanent works are exposed randomly, according to a theme transitorily defined.

Situated at Av. San Juan 328, MACBA is open Mondays and Wednesday – Friday 11am to 7pm. On weekends, it’s open from 11am to 7:30pm. The museum is closed Tuesdays. General admission is $60.


Visiting these six museums is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to living and studying abroad in Buenos Aires. As a student abroad, you’ll get the chance to see and experience art and culture every single day in this beautiful city with a vast variety of cultural life.

This post was contributed by AIFS in Buenos Aires Resident Director Bárbara Franconi.

Learn more about opportunities to study abroad in Argentina and other top-rated study abroad programs around the world with AIFS.

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