Museums in Mar del Plata


Article: Walter Ferreyra.

Translation: Adriana Romano.

It is through cultural centers and museums that the history and the present of a city of major transformations are kept alive. Mar del Plata is the place chosen by national and foreign artists for their exhibitions, and it is also home to numerous museums that cover a wide range of themes. Some of those museums are hosted in buildings that are at present part of the historical heritage of the city. Others have been especially created to house, preserve and exhibit collections to visitors.

The local museums have the characteristic of being linked to the very roots of Mar del Plata. They are stationed in residences from the early 19th century which –together with the collections they show- are part of the cultural heritage.

The Municipal Historical Archives Museum Roberto Barili is surrounded by acres of park, which shelter a house of Spanish style with semicircular arches. Villa Mitre offers to its visitors echoes of past times, and so does Villa Victoria, which rescues and preserves the prefabricated bungalow that used to be the Summer residence of writer Victoria Ocampo. The picturesque place is surrounded by a lush park, and through the rooms visitors can get a glimpse of the writer’s fascinating life and work.

The Municipal Museum of Art Juan Carlos Castagnino is another beautiful residence located in Villa Ortiz Basualdo, at the top of the hill of Stella Maris. There is an important collection of paintings on display, from wich the ones in Castagnino Chamber stand out.

The Natural Science Museum is in Plaza España. Apart from having an aquarium, it also houses a comprehensive collection of fossils from the Tertiary and the Quaternary Periods. Its park has many games for children, which makes the place enjoyable for the younger ones.

The Museum José Hernandez is located near Laguna de los Padres, in the area where the oldest Estancias had been situated. This U-shaped one-storey building preserves and exhibits items related to some of the indigenous peoples. Near this museum is the Reducción de Nuestra Señora del Pilar. This is a reconstruction of a former Jesuit Mission that dates from the 18th century.

Within the private museums, The Museum Del Mar (Museum of the Sea) stands out. It is located in an old residence sheltered within a modern building. In it there is a collection of 30 thousand different winkles from all seas of the world.


It is situated in Villa Victoria, 1851 Matheu St. It is a place for exhibitions organized by artists and various foundations and organizations from Latin America. Different workshops and courses are also held there, some of them with annual duration, as for example the basic course of Gardening dictated by the Mar del Plata Horticulture Society.

Those who wish to contact the Cultural Center can write to, or to


Situated in 1189, Colón Avenue, it offers a permanent exhibition of different artistic expressions, with a selection of works from different authors that express different modes of representation. It also has the permanent exhibition of Juan Carlos Castagnino works of art, which belong to the collection of the museum.

The museum opens its doors to the public from Wednesday to Monday, from 13 to 18 hs. Entrance is free on Wednesdays.

Those who wish to contact the museum can do so by writing an e-mail to

You can read more about the Municipal Art Museum Juan Carlos Castagnino here


The Municipal Art Museum Juan Carlos Castagnino


It is located in Villa Mitre, 3870 Lamadrid St. The Museum provides permanent access to a Library, Newspaper Library, Audio Recordings and Document Archives. These are frequently consulted by students and researchers. The collections of the daily newspapers “La Capital” and “Clarín” can be consulted at the Newspaper Archives Annex situated in 3276, 9 de Julio St.

The Museum offers two fine displays:

“Fashion” – It consists of clothing and accessories donated to the institution by families from Mar del Plata (on the first floor of the Museum)

“International Film Festival of Mar del Plata” – It consists of documents, photographs, posters and newspapers related to the festival Also, various workshops for the teaching of languages and cultural aspects of different communities are held in the Museum (Italian, French, weaving, lutherie, etc.)

Opening hours: From Monday to Friday from 8 to 17; Saturdays from 14 to 18. The Library, Newspaper Library and Document Archives open their doors from Monday to Friday from 8 to 16, while the Photo Library does so from Monday to Friday from 8 to 14.

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Here you can read more about the Municipal Historical Archives Museum Roberto Barili.


It is located in Plaza España, in Libertad Av., between Catamarca St. and La Rioja St. The museum offers an aquarium with freshwater and salt-water organisms, an area of aquatic environments ecology and an area of fishing studies. You can also visit the Geology Section, where fossils from our region can be seen, as well as dinosaurs from Patagonia, birds and mammals. Here the whole family can enjoy representations of zonal environments: the way the Sierras were a million years ago and the way they are at present.

Within the museum there is also a room of entomology, with insects, arachnids, myriapods, crustaceans and decapods from Mar Argentino (Argentine Sea). In this room, visitors can learn about these fauna’s adaptations and the species’ diversity.

The museum opens its doors to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 to 16:30, and on Saturdays from 15 to 18:30. Entrance is free of charge on Wednesdays.

Those who wish to contact the museum can do so by writing to

Here you can read more about the Municipal Museum of Natural Sciences Lorenzo Scaglia.


Museum Juan Manuel Fangio


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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

How to reach Mar del Plata:

You can reach the city through various means of transport: there are 3 provincial roads and a highway connecting Mar del Plate and the Capital; a railway station with 29 weekly arrivals; a bus station where tickets are sold by over 50 companies; an airport that operates internationally with 6 airline companies in more than 130 weekly services, and an artificial harbor of deep water that –apart from being crucial to the fishing activity- allows cruise ships to anchor at the northern breakwater.

If you travel from Buenos Aires by car, via routes 11, 88 and 226, or via the modern and safe highway 2, the trip can take an average of four hours. But for those who decide to make the most of time, they can get to the city after a 45-minute flight. The International Airport “Astor Piazzolla” is situated only 10 minutes from downtown Mar del Plata. Three airlines operate with national destinations, with a frequency that increases significantly during the summer season.

Distances to Mar del Plata

City Km City Km
Buenos Aires 404 Catamarca 1.145
Claromecó 303 Córdoba 1.120
Corrientes 1.445 Formosa 1.695
Jujuy 2.114 La Plata 363
Mar de Ajó 190 Mendoza 1.447
Miramar 45 Monte Hermoso 406
Necochea 125 Neuquén 1.012
Paraná 909 Pinamar 134
Posadas 1.434 Rosario 700
Resistencia 1.473 Río Gallegos 2.510
San Bernardo 194 San Luis 1.333
Salta 2017 San Clemente 234
Sta. Clara del Mar 18 San Juan 1.529
Santa Fé 879 Santa Rosa 746
Santa Teresita 217 Stgo. Del Estero 1.549
Tucumán 1.714 Ushuaia 3,101
Viedma 754 Villa Gesell 113

Geographical Position

Mar del Plata is the head of General Pueyrredón District. It is located on the coast of the Argentinian Sea at coordinates 38 º 00' S and 57 º 33' W.

General Pueyrredón District area: 1,453.44 km2 , with a population of 366.6 inhabitants per Km2.

Communal Urban area: 79.48 km2 (7948 ha.)

District Boundaries

NE: District of Mar Chiquita

SW: District of General Alvarado

SE: Argentinian Sea

NW: District of Balcarce

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