The National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Belles Artes)

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Key Info

Avenida Del Libertador 1473

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

For art aficionados, the National Museum of Fine Arts is an aesthetic wonderland. The collection sprawls across 30 rooms and three floors, showcasing international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Inside, works of Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Modigliani, and Picasso hang on the walls. The museum's permanent Latin American and Argentine collections can be found on the first floor, while temporary exhibitions are located throughout the building and in the outdoor pavilion.

Recent visitors highlight the museum's stunning presentation and design. One TripAdvisor user comments, "If you enjoy outstanding art, superbly presented, in a wonderful atmosphere, this is the museum to visit." Travelers also suggest purchasing an audio guide upon entrance, since most titles and descriptions are written in Spanish. Audio guides cost 36 ARS (approximately $8 USD).

Within walking distance of Recoleta Cemetery, the museum is located on Avenida del Libertador in Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighborhood. The museum offers free admission and welcomes visitors Tuesday through Friday from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays. For more information, check out the National Museum of Fine Arts official website.

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