Top 5 Buenos Aires museums

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Travelling to Buenos Aires? Here is a list of must-see Buenos Aires museums.

There are plenty of museums in Buenos Aires. The official tourism agency lists more than 160! So that you won’t have to go over the whole list, let us point out for you the most interesting ones.

Top 5 Buenos Aires Museums

MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)
Museum of Latin-american Art

Buenos Aires Museums - MALBA

MALBA is one of the most important Buenos Aires museums. It opened its doors in 2001. Its mission is to collect, preserve, research and promote 20th century and contemporary Latin American art. The permanent collection presents more than five hundred pieces including paintings, drawing and sculptures. It showcases artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and México, among other countries.
In your visit to MALBA, stop at the library. It has a nice collection of art books and design objects. The museum coffee shop, Café des Arts, offers good French pastry.

Check out the museum website to find out about temporary exhibitions:

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
National Museum of Fine Arts

Buenos Aires Museums - Museo de Bellas Artes
Museo Nacional de Bellas is located in Recoleta. Though not originally built to house a museum, it was adapted for its new role by renowned Argentinean architect Alejandro Bustillo.
The museum shows a beautiful collection of 19th and 20th century European art. It is considered to be the most important collection in South America and includes artist such as Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Goya, Courbet, Manet and Van Gogh. Do not miss Rodin’s sculptures.
Museum entrance in free.

Colección Fortabat

Colección Fortabat - Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires

One the very few museums in Puerto Madero. The building itself is a piece worth seeing. Designed by Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly, it is an intelligent building: its roof moves automatically in order to provide the best lightening the paintings need. Take a close look to the following artists: Emilio Petoruti, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Carlos Alonso, Xul Solar, Antonio Berni and Raúl Soldi, among the local; and J. M. Turner, Jan Brueghel, Marc Chagall and Andy Warhol, in the international batch.

Museo Xul Solar


Xul Solar was a great Argentinean artist from the beginning of the 20th century. He should be considered as important as Miró, Braque or many other surrealists.
The museum opened in 1993 exhibiting pieces that were selected by Xul Solar himself. It is hosted in the artist’s former house and preserved its bizarre architecture: stairways leading to nowhere, numerous floors of variable height…

A great museum to discover an artist unfairly ignored outside of Argentina

More information about Xul Solar:

Fundación PROA

Museo Fundación PROA
A wonderful museum in the heart of La Boca. There are great exhibitions of modern art. This foundation used to be tightly linked to the young Argentinean artists of the 60s and 70s. Visit the exhibit and have lunch at the restaurant. There is a fabulous terrace with a great view of the Puente de la Boca (bridge) and the Riachuelo, the historic river that welcomed the European immigrants when they first arrived.


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