Museo de Ciencias Naturales
Museo de Ciencias Naturales Review
In the northern portion of the city, the eucalyptus-shaded Paseo del Bosque is La Plata's biggest green space and a good place to relax. Recreational options include a small zoo, a lake with paddleboat rentals, an outdoor amphitheater, botanical gardens, an observatory, and an equestrian center. But the biggest attraction is in the very middle of the park. The Natural Science Museum, whose entrance is flanked by two lounging, stone, saber-tooth tigers, is Argentina's biggest such institution. Both the museum and the rambling building housing it date from 1889, and despite ongoing renovations it still seems eccentrically Edwardian. On the ground floor, dusty glass cases display a host of bones, including a substantial dinosaur collection and fossilized Argentine megafauna (think rodents the size of elephants). The large collection of taxidermic animals, many rather moth-eaten, is eerie. Upstairs is a small but strong display of Latin American archaeological finds and two excellent displays on human evolution and indigenous cultures.