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4 Tigre Museums

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When Domingo Faustino Sarmiento was president of the Republic of Argentina he saw something special in the collection of islands that make up the Tigre Delta. Since then, there have been many changes in this historic place. Many important people and events came to pass through Tigre. Luckily, there are a few museums that give terrific insight into the past and present of this unique spot on the Paraná River Delta.

1. Tigre Fine Art Museum (Museo de Arte Tigre)

Tigre Art Museum (Museo del Arte de Tigre)
Photo courtesy of Luis Argerich.
The Tigre Museum of Fine Art is one of the most striking structures along the delta. Its elegance is striking inside and out. The Carrara marble staircase, the Slavonian oak floors, the Venetian mirrors, the bronze railings, the crystal chandeliers give hint to the glorious beginnings of the building.

Originally constructed in 1912 as the Tigre Club, a meeting place for the well-to-do of Buenos Aires, the restaurant, bar, and casino fell on hard times in the 1930's and remained abandoned until the 1970's. Housed in an historic building that used to be a ritzy club and casino, the building was re-purposed in 2006 as an art museum.

Today to museum houses works by great Latin American artists such as Quirós, Carlos Pellegrini, Sívori, Quinquela Martín, Berni, Soldi and Spilimbergo. It is located at the end of Victorica Avenue, a beautiful walk lined with restaurants, shops, and bars.

Museum Information and Hours
Website: http://www.mat.gov.ar/
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Hours:
Wednesday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. // Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Entry Price: 10 pesos

2. Mate Museum (El Museo del Mate)

Photo courtesy of El Museo del Mate.
Yerba mate, a grassy, earthy tea can be seen everywhere in the country. Friends pass around cups (of the same name) full of mate. People carry thermoses under their arms ready to refresh their mate water and office desks often have a mate set up right next to the mouse pad. So, it is no shock that there is a museum devoted to the stuff.

Tigre is home to El Museo del Mate, The Mate Museum. The museum is filled with all things associated with this national habit including advertisements for mate, artwork, kettles and flasks, old time mate sacks and spoons, bombillas (straws), and the herb itself.

Many travelers are intimidated by this very local custom, which makes the Mate Bar just outside of the museum such a find. After touring the small, five room, museum visitors can enjoy a pass of mate with their friends with a relaxing view of Tigre's waters just outside.

Website: http://www.elmuseodelmate.com
Entry: $10 pesos
Hours: 10a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Address: Lavalle, 289, Tigre.
Telephone: 011 2506 9594
Email: info@elmuseodelmate.com

3. Sarmiento`s Museum (Crystal Box)

Sarmiento`s Museum (Crystal Box)
Photo courtesy of the Municipal Government of Tigre.
The people of Tigre have a special place in their hearts for Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, known as “Father of the Classroom” in Argentina. President of the Republic of Argentina from 1868 to 1874, Sarmiento saw great value in the geography, agriculture, and people of the Tigre delta. He encouraged settlement in the islands and many wealthy families from Buenos Aires followed him to help "civilize" the islands.

Sarmiento insisted island houses be built of wood and many houses on the Delta were inspired by the architecture of his house. Over 70 years after his passing, Sarmiento's house was declared a National Historical Monument. A glass structure was built around the house to protect it from weather and time. It now houses a museum and library devoted to the man that devoted himself to Tigre.

Telephone:(+54) 4728-0570

4. Tigre Naval Musuem

Photo courtesy of the Municipal Government of Tigre.
If you're a naval buff or interested in the historic battles of Argentina's past, you're in luck. The Navel Museum of Argentina has an excellent variety of historic naval artifacts, images, uniforms, educational materials, and models covering Argentina's military exploits. There are many Argentina specific items as well as ships and nautical exhibits that give insight to sea navigation around the world.

Website:http://www.prefecturanaval.edu.ar/museo/
Hours:
Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30pm. // Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
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