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Things to do in Buenos Aires

Start your Buenos Aires tour in central Plaza de Mayo square, which faces the kitsch pink government house, Casa Rosada. For a taste of Argentine history, delve into the Evita fervour: learn about the former first lady's rags-to-riches life at the Evita Museum, and visit her grave at the Recoleta cemetery. Statues of famous poets decorate the rose garden in Palermo's enormous, well-kept Parque 3 de Febrero.

Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires. Photo by Fernando Bischof
Evita Museum, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
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Evita Museum

First Lady

An opulent house in Buenos Aires' Palermo neighbourhood is home to the Evita Museum, once converted into a women's shelter by former President Perón's wife, Eva. Trace her relatively short life and see glamorous outfits she wore on key occasions.



Cost

AR$15

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

Address

2988 Lafinur, Buenos Aires, 1425

Telephone

+54 11/4807-0306

Transport

Metro: Plaza Italia

Website

Evita Museum Website

Inside MALBA, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
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MALBA

Latin American modern art

Hot up on acclaimed Latin American art from the early-20th century to the present at the minimalist MALBA museum, in Buenos Aires' Palermo neighbourhood. The bright and airy rooms shun a chronological approach to the permanent collection, ordering work by type.



Cost

AR$22; concessions AR$11; under 5s free; Wed: AR$10; seniors AR$5; students free

Opening Hours

Thu-Mon 12pm-8pm (until 9pm Wed)

Address

3415 Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Buenos Aires, C1425CLA

Telephone

+54 11/4808-6500

Transport

Bus to Avenida Figueroa Alcorta and Salguero

Website

MALBA Website

Museo Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Colección de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat
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Museo Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat

Argentine art

This gleaming low-rise structure in Puerto Madero houses the private collection of grande dame Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat. Opened in 2008, this airy museum was started by the , Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, and named after her. It contains an enormous collection of Argentine artists, as well as works by Warhol, Dalí, Chagall, the Breugels, and a collection of ancient art.



Cost

AR$4

Opening Hours

Tues-Sun noon-9pm

Address

Olga Cossettini 141, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4310-6600

Transport

Metro: Alem

Website

Museo Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Website

Ground floor dining room, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
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Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (National Museum of Decorative Arts)

Grand designs

French architect René Sergent, who designed some of Buenos Aires' grandest mansions, also designed the mansion housing the National Museum of Decorative Arts. The building is a work of art, typical of the mansions that once lined Avenida del Libertador. The building's 18th-century French design provides a classical setting for the diverse decorative styles represented within. Breathtaking sculptures, paintings, and furnishings make up the collection.



Cost

AR$1.25

Opening Hours

Tues-Sun 2-7pm

Address

Av. del Libertador 1902, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4801-8248

Room 10, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Photography department MNBA, Argentina
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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts)

European masterpieces

This building, which formerly pumped the city's water supply, metamorphosed into Buenos Aires's most important art museum in 1930. The National Museum of Fine Arts contains the world's largest collection of Argentine sculptures and paintings. It also houses European art from the pre-Renaissance period to the present day, including notable pieces by Renoir, Monet, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh, and an extensive collection of Picasso drawings.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Tues-Fri 12:30-8:30pm; Sat-Sun 9:30am-8:30pm

Address

Av. del Libertador 1473, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4803-0802

Bridge of Woman, Buenos Aires. Photo by Nick Breckenfield, © Whatsonwhen
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Bridge of Woman

Female form

Looking for a romantic spot to share a kiss at sunset? The Bridge of Woman (or Puente de La Mujer) in Puerto Madero is the place. The white, sinewy structure was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, famed for his unusual public architecture. The bridge crosses Dique 3 and the design is said to be an abstraction of a couple dancing to tango music.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Dique 3, Buenos Aires

Transport

Metro: Alem

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires. Photo by Sebastian Fogg
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Recoleta Cemetery

Labyrinth of tombs

Buenos Aires' oldest cemetery sits inside high walls within the Recoleta neighbourhood. The stone and marble maze of huge and sturdy, small and crumbling tombs and crypts houses leading figures of Argentine history. Search for Eva Perón's flower-strewn tomb.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 8am-6pm

Address

1760, Junín, Buenos Aires CP 1425

Transport

Bus to Avenida Las Heras or Junín

Website

Recoleta Cemetery Website

El Obelisco, Buenos Aires. Photo by tdfittse/Frommers.com Community
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Obelisco

Prominent column

The Obelisco is one of the defining monuments of Buenos Aires. It was inaugurated in 1936 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first, and unsuccessful, founding of the city. Sitting in the heart of Buenos Aires, when Argentines have something to celebrate, like winning an international event, the Obelisco is where they head to wave flags and honk car horns.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Av. 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires

Transport

Metro: Carlos Pellegrini, Diagonal Norte, or 9 de Julio

Water Palace, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos S.A.
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The Water Palace & the Museo del Patrimonio

Unusual museum

The massive Buenos Aires's Water Palace is a high Victorian building constructed with lustrous, multicolored faience bricks made by Royal Doulton and shipped from Britain. It is now the headquarters of the water company Aguas Argentinas and an unusual museum. Explaining the history of water sanitation in Argentina and the world, the museum houses hundreds of toilets spanning the decades.



Cost

AR$3

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-1pm; guided tours in Spanish Mon, Wed, Fri at 11am

Address

Av. Córdoba 1750, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/6319-1882

Transport

Metro: Facultad de Medicina

Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires. Photo by Fernando Bischof
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Casa Rosada

Seat of government

The Argentine President's workplace and the scene of momentous historic events, the salmon-pink Casa Rosada house presides over Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires. Eva Peron addressed adoring crowds from the balcony. Browse former Presidents' possessions in the museum.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Museum: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sun 2pm-6pm

Address

219, Hipólito Yrigoyen, Buenos Aires CP 1086

Telephone

+54 11/4344-3804

Transport

Metro: Plaza de Mayo, Catedral or Bolivar

Website

Casa Rosada Museum Website

Caminito, Buenos Aires. Photo by Sarah-Jane Walsh
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Caminito

Colourful street museum

Dancers sway to tango and artists display their work along Caminito, the open-air street museum in La Boca, Buenos Aires' old port district. Nineteenth-century Italian immigrants brightened Caminito's humble houses with colourful boat paints. Avoid the crowds by visiting during the week.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Buenos Aires, 1160

Transport

Bus to La Boca

Ecological Reserve, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of GCBA Tourism ENTITY
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Ecological Reserve

Green haven

The Ecological Reserve is an unusual consequence of mid-20th century Buenos Aires highway construction. Over time, sand and sediment built up on rubble dumped into the Río de la Plata, and then grass and trees began to grow. The birds followed, and now the area is a preserve. Biking and bird-watching tours of the area are available but water pollution means that swimming is inadvisable.



Cost

Free

Address

Along the Costanera near Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Along the Costanera near Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4893-1588

Transport

Metro: N. Alem

Parque 3 de Febrero, Buenos Aires. Photo by Fernando Bischof, © Whatsonwhen
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Park 3 de Febrero

Peaceful oasis

Head to Palermo's Park 3 de Febrero to take a boat out onto one of the lakes, jog, cycle, play tennis or simply sunbathe and relax in El Rosedal rose garden. The park is also home to Buenos Aires' planetarium.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

Avenida Adolfo Berro, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4800-1135

Transport

Bus to Avenida del Libertador and Sarmiento

Overlooking Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires. Photo by Marianocecowski/Wikimedia Commons
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Plaza Dorrego

Sunday antiques market

Originally the site of a Bethlehemite monastery, this plaza is also where Argentines met to reconfirm their declaration of independence from Spain. On Sunday the city's best antiques market takes over. You can buy leather, silver and handicrafts along with antiques, all while tango dancers perform on the square. The local restaurants also provide outside seating.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

At intersection of Defensa and Humberto I, Buenos Aires

Transport

Metro: Independencia

Plaza San Martín, Buenos Aires. Photo by Sarah-Jane Walsh, © Whatsonwhen
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Plaza San Martín

Verdant park

Plaza San Martín, a beautiful park at the base of Calle Florida in the Retiro neighborhood, is the nucleus of the Microcentro district. In summer months, Argentine businesspeople flock here during their lunch hours, loosening their ties, taking off some layers, and sunning themselves amid the plaza's flowering jacaranda trees. A monument to General José de San Martín towers over the scene.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

At intersection of Calle Florida and Av. Leandro N. Alem, Buenos Aires

Transport

Taxi

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