CULTURAL CENTER OSVALDO SORIANO
Located at 3108, 25 de Mayo St., the Cultural Center provides a wide range of monthly activities. It permanently calls for numerous artists (both national and international) to the exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculptures.
The Center houses two theatres, a space for exhibits and the Library Leopoldo Marechal, as well as an inner patio in which some cultural activities are eventually carried out. The Cultural Center Osvaldo Soria (formerly called Juan Martín de Pueyrredón) was created through the Ordinance 8126 in 1991, as a decentralized body of the Municipality, with the aim of unifying processes and services provided by the Municipal Public Library and the remaining dependent libraries of the Culture and Education Secretariat. As said before, there are two theatres in this Cultural Center, with seating capacity of 100 and 200 people respectively.
The building was especially designed to host the Municipal Public Library, which was opened in 1982. It was built by the commune in the area formerly occupied by the Escuela Normal Mixta Provincial.
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HOUSE - MUSEUMS
In the neighbourhood of El Grosellar you can visit painter Alberto Bruzzone’s house-museum, where he has his works on display. In the area of El Alfar, the Archaeological Museum Magrassi shows different pieces of archaeological sites in the region.
MUSEUM OF THE SUBMARINE FORCE
This Museum is located at the Escollera Norte (northern breakwater), on Playa Grande, 300 meters from INIDEP. Here you can trace history back to 1920, when President Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear ordered the construction of the Naval Base, as well as the five generations of submarines until the present, by means of pictures, models, and the remnants of some of the submarines. It also has an area devoted to the German submarines that surrendered in the base.
It is located at 2250, San Martín St., and features exhibitions of objects related to the history of the communications: telex, telegraph, postal fono, mailboxes, telephone directories and photographic material.
MUSEUM MALVINAS ARGENTINAS
Also located at 2250, San Martín St., the Museum Malvinas Argentinas Naval Aviator Lt. Marcelo Márquez offers an exhibition of objects and equipment related to the Malvinas War. The name has been given to it in remembrance of a naval officer killed in action during the attack on the British frigate HMS Ardent, which foundered in the Strait of San Carlos.
Among other attractions, in this museum visitors can see pictures, newspaper reports, clothing, a model of the CRIM and a replica of the cruise General Belgrano.
MUSEUM DEL MAR (Museum of the Sea)
This private museum was inaugurated on September 22, 2000, with a collection of 30 thousand winkles. At present, the museum is not only intended for the exhibition of marine snails. Visitors can find aquariums of different sizes, a room with exhibits of contemporary art, a conference room, a multiple-use auditorium, a specialized library and the Sea Shop Aurantium, with marine-themed crafts from all over the world. There is also a thematic Café, Gloria Maris, named after the scientific name of the founder’s favorite piece from this museum.
As a detail, the level called “The Rocks” is built and decorated with the shape of a submerged cave, containing a pond with marine organisms. In the level called “Heaven” there is an inner viewfinder through which all the plants in the museum can be seen. On the outside, at the top level, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city through a viewpoint in the lighthouse.
THE HOUSE OF FOLKLORE – MUSEUM AMBROSETTI
In this house, people can appreciate antique pieces of machinery still in use in the fields and in Chapadmalal. The Museum Eva Perón is a tribute to this figure of recent Argentine history.
MUSEUM THE MAN OF THE PORT
The Museum The Man of the Port Cleto Ciocchini is located at the Shopping Centre near the Port of Mar del Plata. It is intended to exhibit those values, life styles, traditions, handicrafts and authenticity of the men from the port region. Sociological, anthropological and historical studies support this museum with historical documents and photographs that show the history since the port of Mar del Plata was built, and the different stages of it throughout the 20th century. You can also find information about the French Construction Company the Société Nationale de Travaux Publics; original pieces of furniture of those times; pictures of the first families that settled in the Port of Mar del Plata; the first fishermen and the Italian communities that gave origin to the port activity in the region; the history of
shipyards shipyards and men and women engaged in the repair of the boats, fishing gear and nets.
Thematic videos are shown during guided tours organized by the museum. In these tours, visitors also learn about the life and work of Cleto Cicchini, an iconic figure of the city’s port.
MUSEUM JUAN MANUEL FANGIO
A few kilometers from the city, in the town of Balcarce, the Museum Juan Manuel Fangio has been built in remembrance of the famous Argentine racing driver. In it, you will find an exquisite exhibition of antique as well as modern cars.