Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Avenida Libertador 1743 (@ Pueyrredon); Tel. +(011.54.11) 4803.0802/ 8814
San Francisco tourist Jeff Senatra admires one of the most important works housed in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - this sculputre by Rodin. Photo by Greg Roden.
The 32 rooms of modern and classic, tragic and beautiful art can keep one awe-inspired for hours. Roam through Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh, then note the big-name Argentine artists including Xul Solar, Candido Lopez, and Eduardo Siviori.
A trip to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes is necessary for any visitor to Buenos Aires, if only to marvel at yet another impressive and important pink building. Formerly located on Avenida Florida, the current building was designed by architect Alejandro Bustillo and inaugurated in its current location on May 23rd, 1933. Its stately front columns, high staircase, and widespread wings welcome visitors with open arms.
What is it about fine art museums that makes one feel minute and inspired, young and weary all at the same time? This place is no different, with split levels, meandering rooms, and endless displays. Check out the temporary displays along with the permanent collection - both are impressive. The museum offers guided tours with varying themes and focuses. Call ahead or check the website to see the month’s listings. MNBA also offers special activities for school visits and children if arranged in advance.
Located on Avenida Libertador and right off of Plaza Francia, its too convenient not to stop in. Plus, its free! There is no excuse. Go, see, be humbled, then step out into the mild Buenos Aires air a slightly richer, more cultured person.
—Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes review by Gena Mavuli