Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by billmoy on March 11, 2002

The National Fine Arts Museum is the definitive art museum in Buenos Aires. It is located in La Recoleta, near landmarks such as the Cementerio de la Recoleta and the National Library. The large neoclassical building, which was the city’s waterworks station at one time, was established in 1933. The original architect of the building was Julio Dormala; Alejandro Bustillo modified its design during a subsequent remodeling.

The large museum has an interesting mix of artwork by European and Argentine artists from the last two centuries. The lower level features second-tier works by Renoir, Monet, Rodin, Van Gogh, and other European masters. The upper level concentrates on important Argentine artists like Lopez, Forner and Pueyrredon. Candido Lopez was a soldier whose gory and detailed scenes of the Paraguayan War are showcased in one hall. A newer expansion to the museum added a wing that features contemporary Argentine art as well as special exhibits.

Since the admission is free, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is a good place to go if the weather turns bad. The museum store has your typical selection of books and souvenirs. It has fairly late admission hours (between 12:30PM and 7:30PM) and is closed on Mondays. You can store your backpack at the storage area, also at no cost.

MNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Avenida Del Libertador 1473 Recoleta
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1425
+54 (11) 48030802

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