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Museo Historico Nacional

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San Telmo
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Address: Defensa 1600, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4307-4457
11:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 18:00

Housed in a former mansion, this museum highlights a series of battlefield...

Housed in a former mansion, this museum highlights a series of battlefield paintings by artist Candido Lopez and tells the story of Argentine history through paintings and artifacts.

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We arrived late morning and were warmly greeted by the receptionist. We paid our entry fee and were asked to wait for an English tour. A few minutes later a lovely young woman... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cathy C
Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived late morning and were warmly greeted by the receptionist. We paid our entry fee and were asked to wait for an English tour. A few minutes later a lovely young woman named Sheila arrived and we started our tour. It was only my husband and me, but we were joined by another visitor. Sheila gave us a fabulous... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This is a nice classical museum in a pleasant building, tracing the history from the country from its first inhabitants. The main part by far is dedicated to the independence period and is abundantly illustrated with paintings, uniforms and various weapons and spades! This is correctly done but everything is in Spanish and it goes in some details that are... More 

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The normal fee for the National History Museum is just 20 ARS, and it is free on Wednesdays, so you cannot really complain, but given the large number of foreign tourists who might come here and the significance of the history, the total lack of English is inexcusable. There are English language tours available, so check online for the times,... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

A very interesting museum about the history of Argentina with all the aspects covered from the pre-Colombian years and with may relevant artefacts. Not suitable for non-Spanish speakers, as there is no information in English and only limited availability of guided tours in English.

Thank Orestis N
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

This museum contains some very important items related to Argentina's colonial past. However most of it is lost on you if don't read Spanish. We were wandering through the exhibits when we were approached by Vitaly, an official English speaking guide who offered to give us a tour. His English and knowledge were excellent and he explained the significance of... More 

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London, UK
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

I received an agressive reception as soon as I entered the building, making me feel distinctly unwelcome. The person at the reception desk deigned to speak with me in English only to tell me without a single ounce of sympathy that nothing in the museum was translated into English. After that she gave me no further attention (certainly not to... More 

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2015

This museum is found in Lezama Park just a little further down Defensa from Plaza Dorrega. Labels all in Spanish but covers early prehistory, indigenous people, revolution of 1820, San Martin's campaigns in Peru and Chile, war with Brazil over eastern territory settled by formation of Uruguay. When we were there eight characters from history were roaming, including two women... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

We were very exited to visit this museum and learn about Argentina's history but it was a total disappointment. Everything is written in Spanish. No translation whatsoever. Not even the audio guides. We tried asking for a guide even if we had to pay an extra fee but even the guide only speaks spanish :(

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

Great museum to tells the the early history of Argentina. A great museum to see first before the Bicentennial Museum.

Thank JA Experiences N
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

This place is very average. It's all nice enough but it's not a full museum and English is almost not existent; which as this is a national museum we found surprising. If you have loads of time here visit, otherwise miss it

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