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Address: Yaganes y Gobernador Paz | Ex Presidio, Ushuaia 9410 , Argentina
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+54 2901 43-7481
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Prison at the End of the World,as a correctional facility was closed in...

The Prison at the End of the World,as a correctional facility was closed in 1947. Now houses the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia, with a vast collection of models that relate the maritime history of Tierra del Fuego from the arrival of the first explorers. The Prison Museum that highlights the history of the criminal and the lives of prisoners in each of the old cells and support screens, local history and development of the city of Ushuaia is reported. The Antarctic Museum with exhibits on the expeditions of the most famous explorers like Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, Nordenskjold. Museum of Art Marine, with the leading argentine artists marinists and Art Gallery with Temporary Exhibitions

Audioguides in English,Spanish,Portuguese and French

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Remember, it's the end of the world!

So why not have a prison here? A cold, windy, rainy, miserable place- so tough that Juan Peron finally closed it as being too harsh on prisoners! I love history, and this gives... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The main part here is the prison museum, but they also have wings with handicrafters, and local culture and maritime history.The prison museum is a sad place and if you have never visited any others, it will show you how miserable life was in jail back then. The maritime museum offers polar exploration, naval history and a lighthouse that was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we visited Ushuaia as part of our South America excursion and on arrival we had the afternoon to spare so we went to visit this museum. There were two parts in particular that we both enjoyed - the prison section and the maritime section dedicated to Cape Horn, etc. and the Antarctic. We both really enjoyed these parts especially the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very informative history of Ushuaia. A must see when visiting to understand the birth of a city at the end of the world.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

At 350 pesos a person (21€), we were expecting so so so much more. What a joke that the entrance fee also didn't include the audio guide. My student ID was not accepted because my university doesn't have a picture on the ID... Also didn't matter that I had a wallet full of documents proving my identity. Seems incredibly greedy.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Only a few minutes walk from the main street of Ushuaia, this museum is worth a visit. Although the museum price may be a little dear, the museum was really good. It included history from all around the world. I recommend to not take the guided tour because crowds get big and you can read the information yourself ( there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So why not have a prison here? A cold, windy, rainy, miserable place- so tough that Juan Peron finally closed it as being too harsh on prisoners! I love history, and this gives one much opportunity for thought. It's quite large and combines several types of exhibits. I wish the Maritime section was more extensive, but I enjoyed the place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum makes excellent use of the original prison from the early 1900's. Ushuaia's modern history really begins as a penal colony settled to maintain Argentina's claim on the territory. Since the prison was closed, the Territory turned it into a multi-faceted museum with exhibits from polar exploration, naval history, natural history and contemporary artwork. Although it's a little pricey... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed it, well documented museum in spanish and English, exploring the prison colony formed here as well as the history of explorer's and their ships around the south of the continent.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum covered a lot of the history of Ushaia, the shipping, wrecks, prison, even some information on other parts of the world and what they had going on during them same period. We walked there from our hotel, it was about a 10-15min walk so not far at all. The tours are in Spanish so we did a self... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The chance to visit a quite notorious Argentine prison is a worthwhile visit if you have a few hours to spare at the end of the day. There was a free guided tour but only in Spanish which was fine for me but not for non Spanish speaking tourists. I think the cost at 350 pesos for non-argentines was a... More 

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