Buenos Aires Province

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  • 1. Museo de Arte de Tigre

    An ornate colonnade leads from the Luján River to this Beaux Arts building, built in 1909 to house a social club and casino. It contains a modest collection of Argentine paintings by artists like Quirós, Castagnino, Soldi, and Quinquela Martín, as well as works portraying life in the delta. The real showstopper, however, is the beautifully restored architecture: a sweeping marble staircase, stained-glass windows, gilt-inlaid columns, and soaring ceilings conspire to form a microcosm of the fin de siècle European style adored by the porteño elite. A trim sculpture garden and flower-filled park surround the museum, which is best reached by walking along Paseo Victorica.

    Paseo Victorica 972, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina
    11-4512–4528

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 50 pesos, Closed Mon.–Tues.
  • 2. Museo del Mate

    Mate drinking in Argentina is even more deeply culturally rooted than drinking coffee in the United States or tea in the United Kingdom. The mate gourd and the accompanying flask of hot water is ubiquitous throughout all social classes and age groups, whether one is sipping alone or sharing with a group of friends. The Museo del Mate is a great place to learn about the history of mate yerba—the shrub from which the bitter tea is made—and the sometimes very stylish mate gourds from which it's drunk. Many mate gourds, both antique and modern, are made from beautifully crafted porcelain or metal. Tours are available in English.

    Lavalle 289, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina
    11-4506–9594

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 60 pesos, Thur.–Sun. and holidays 11–6, Closed Mon.--Wed.
  • 3. Museo Draghi Plateros Orfebres

    San Antonio is famed for its silversmiths, and the late Juan José Draghi was the best in town. This small museum adjoining his workshop showcases the evolution of the Argentine silver-work style known as platería criolla. Pieces are ornate takes on gaucho-related items: spurs, belt buckles, knives, stirrups, and the ubiquitous mate gourds, some dating from the 18th century. Also on display is the incredibly ornate work of Juan José Draghi himself; you can buy original pieces in the shop. His son keeps the family business alive—he's often at work shaping new pieces at the back of the museum.

    Lavalle 387, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    2325-15–650–600

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 500 pesos
  • 4. Museo Gauchesco y Parque Criollo Ricardo Güiraldes

    Gaucho life of the past is celebrated—and idealized—at this quiet museum just outside town. Start at the 150-year-old pulpería (the gaucho version of the saloon), complete with dressed-up wax figures ready for a drink. Then head for the museum, an early-20th-century replica of a stately 18th-century casco de estancia (estancia house). Polished wooden cases contain a collection of traditional gaucho gear: decorated knives, colorful ponchos, and elaborate saddlery and bridlery. The museum is named for local writer Ricardo Güiraldes (1886–1927), whose romantic gaucho novels captured the imagination of Argentinean readers. Several rooms document his life in San Antonio de Areco and the real-life gauchos who inspired his work.

    Camino Ricardo Güiraldes, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    2326-455–839

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free
  • 5. Museo Las Lilas de Areco

    Although iconic Argentinean painter Florencio Molina Campos was not from San Antonio de Areco, his humorous paintings depict traditional pampas life. The works usually show red-nosed, pigeon-toed gauchos astride comical steeds, staggering drunkenly outside taverns, engaged in cockfighting or folk dancing, and taming bucking broncos. The collection is fun and beautifully arranged, and your ticket includes coffee and croissants in the jarringly modern café, which also does great empanadas and sandwiches. Behind its curtained walls lie huge theme park–style re-creations of three paintings. The lively and insightful voice-over explaining them is in Spanish only.

    Moreno 279, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    2326-456–425

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 600 pesos, Closed Mon.–Wed.
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  • 6. Museo Naval de la Nación

    Although most visitors are into naval, military, or nautical history, this museum's collection will fascinate even those whose interests point elsewhere. The interior of the building, which looks like a hangar-size barn, is filled with paintings, statues, uniforms, and beautifully crafted model ships. On the grounds are long-retired planes from Argentina's aviation history, including a great example of a North American AT-6 "Texan" from 1939.

    Av. Victorica 602, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina
    11-4506–9332

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: 40 pesos, Closed Sun.–Wed.
  • 7. Paseo Victorica

    Italianate mansions, museums, restaurants, and several rowing clubs dot this pictureseque paved walkway and waterside park that curves alongside the Río Luján for about 10 blocks. To reach it, cross the bridge next to the roundabout immediately north of Estación Tigre, then turn right and walk five blocks along Avenida Lavalle, which runs along the Río Tigre.

    Along Río Luján between Río Tigre and Río Reconquista, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina
  • 8. Puerto de Frutos

    The center of the action at Tigre is its picturesque market. Hundreds of stalls selling furniture, handicrafts, and reasonably priced souvenirs fill the area around the docks along the Río Luján. It's particularly busy on weekends (indeed, many stalls are closed midweek). Grab a quick lunch from stands selling steak and chorizo sandwiches.

    Sarmiento at Buenos Aires, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina

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