Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
4.5
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
There’s no fee to enter this fine museum housing significant works of the European masters from pre-Renaissance days to the present and a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century Argentine sculptures and paintings.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Recoleta
Characterised by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighbourhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centred on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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  • Scott C
    Panama City, Panama628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very intense special exhibit that has evoked a lot of discourse and perhaps rightfully so…
    Very intense special exhibit that has evoked a lot of discourse and perhaps rightfully so… the exhibit by Leon Ferrari will raise a few eyebrows for sure. I found it stimulating and controversial but that is what art should do. Challenge the norms of society so I congratulate the museum for being bold enough to show the art.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • B d A
    Athens, Greece951 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a fine capsule with a porteno restrained grandeur- explore the Libertador
    Informative, revelatory, contrapuntal. spacious, no entrance ticket. Located on a major and impressive in the adjacent sections majestic thoroughfare. The extrnals are in clumsy hybrid style but the innards are of intrinsic and analytical interest. You can follow the streams of creative impulse from Europe and the New World visual establishment. In contrast to protestant America here we have languor and musing and a creation of impressions. Some non exceptional works by exceptional artists and less of the contrary. Well placed. There was a Rodin exhibition of special value. We did not follow the contemporary sheaths out of selective respect, in order to absorb the Goyas. We haeve done that over a decade ago.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • BTheWanderingScholar
    Phoenix, Arizona41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art is a slice of life
    A day of art throughout time. The works in this museum deserve a visit. Its free so no excuse. Its lighting, displays and placement add to the air of beauty. They have the names we all know Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Manet and others we may not like Alfred Hlito. Definitely make a early afternoon of this museum and a cafecito.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Pamela R
    Las Condes, Chile89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exploring Artistic Treasures at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires
    The National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires is a true treasure trove of art, boasting an impressive collection that spans centuries and continents. One can find renowned works by artists like Degas, whose "Deux danseuses jaunes et roses" (Yellow and Pink Dancers) from 1898 captivates with its grace and elegance. The museum also houses "Virgen con el niño y San Juan" by Bugiardini, a beautiful portrayal of religious devotion. Among the diverse array of art, Jasper van der Lanen's "Diana y sus Ninfas de caza" from the 17th century immerses visitors in a world of myth and nature. Lucas Cranach the Elder's "Crucifixión de Cristo" from the early 16th century is a powerful depiction of religious symbolism, while Prilidiano Pueyrredón's "Retrato de Manuelita Rosas" from 1851 captures a moment in Argentina's history. The museum doesn't only showcase European art; it also features Latin American treasures like Guillermo Kuitca's "La Conquista de México. Tabla V" from the late 17th century and Eduardo Sívori's "Le lever de la bonne" (The Maid's Awakening) from 1887, reflecting the region's rich cultural heritage. What makes the National Museum of Fine Arts even more fascinating is its eclectic mix of styles and eras. From classical masterpieces like "Retrato de mujer joven" by Rembrandt to contemporary works such as Emilio Pettoruti's "Dinámica del viento" from 1915, the museum offers a diverse visual experience that caters to all tastes. Visiting this museum is not just an art appreciation journey; it's a cultural immersion into the heart of Buenos Aires. It's a place where the past and the present converge, where art enthusiasts can explore the intricacies of human expression across centuries. If you have the opportunity to visit, don't miss out on this extraordinary cultural gem. The visiting hours are as follows: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Wednesday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Thursday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Friday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Sunday: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • ScreamingBuddha
    Winnipeg, Canada5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant addition to a visit
    It's a very nicely-sized museum, with an emphasis on Argentinian artists (there was a large Sívori exhibition). There was a Rodin retrospective happening when I attended, and they had out some sculptures from their collection (I learned about the connection between Rodin and Buenos Aires, which I was not previously aware of). I also enjoyed the Degas paintings and sketches on display. Unlike many older buildings in Buenos Aires, I was able to get data connectivity inside of the museum; I found this very helpful as many signs were Spanish language only, and I could use Google Lens to translate them for me. The building has been updated to be accessible for people with varying levels of disability, although the washroom doors are still a bit narrow for anyone in a wheelchair.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprised to find this great museum in Buenos Aires
    My wife and I had a late flight home from Buenos Aires, so we had a few hours after we checked out of our Airbnb before we headed for the airport. I happened to find the National Museum of Fine Arts just a few blocks from our Airbnb in Recoleta. We spent about two hours looking through the fabulous paintings and sculptures. This is a world class museum. It has a section devoted to Rodin. I didn’t realize the connection that Rodin had with Buenos Aires until viewing the exhibition. I traveled down to BA for the steak, the tango, Teatro Colon, San Telmo Flea Market, Recoleta Cemetery and an asado in Palermo, plus Iguazu Falls. I was not disappointed. The cherry on top was the Fine Arts Museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • FrodoBaggins2008
    Melbourne, Australia205 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free! And not a huge place, highly recommend
    Lovely small museum of fine art, great to do on a rainy day and took about 1-2 hours. It's free and opens at 11am. They have some Monet, Gaugin, Rodin, Van Gogh and more, and an eclectic mix of artists to see.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 November 2023
  • dudoldve
    Bokeelia, Florida404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum
    This museum is on the smaller side but has some very nice paintings, sculptures and artifacts. It was an enjoyable 1-2 hour stop on a hot afternoon and it is also free to the public which is very nice. We combined it with the Recoleta cemetery and floralis which are relatively close to each other.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • itsGREGSWORLD
    Tarpon Springs, Florida217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent art museum with all of the classics
    This beautiful museum has an easy layout and you can miss nothing. Monet, Manet, El Greco, Rubens, Rivera, Degas, Van Gogh, on and on. Must see museum when in Buenos Aires. Was FREE on the day we visited. Incredible!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Fernando R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great small sample of fine art
    I have visited several museums of fine arts in Europe. the USA and a few in South America. I highly recommend this museum because it holds a small but fine collection of works of art, both European and local, spanning from the 6th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D. I believe that by visiting this museum, you can get a feel for what a larger museum in Europe or the USA has to offer. Also, it's free of charge, something rare to find. Hope you enjoy this small sample of beautiful art!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 January 2024
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We enjoy art but are definitely not major art connoisseurs, and know some basics but not a ton. For us, this museum was a perfect taste of art, both Argentinian and otherwise. The fact that entry is free made it even better. We spent around an hour here, and were able to see the entire set of rooms on two floors. Much of it is devoted to local artists, but there were also paintings by names we recognized (Rembrandt, Van Gogh). It felt like a nice amount of art to be able to see and enjoy without being overwhelmed.
Written 14 April 2024
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Andrew R
Manchester, UK128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Very well worth going - it's free entry.
Great selection of art work charting the history of art in Argentina (and a little of South America) from "primitive" to modern, and not just paintings and sculpture but also of every day objects.
Not too much that you get "cultural indigestion". I loved it.
Written 8 April 2024
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katrina
Melbourne, Australia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I loved this art gallery. They have so many wonderful paintings by famous European artists as well as well-known Argentinean artists like Benito Quinquela Martin. Entrance is free and they stay open to 8 pm most nights.
Written 31 March 2024
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Travelfun001
Oakville, Canada3,511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If like us you love art this is a MUST visit. They have a beautiful collection. We had already been out and about for several hours when we arrived and I feel we didn't give it all the time it deserved, we could have stayed for over 2 hours. I was quite surprised by the free admission.
Written 9 March 2024
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
An amazingly beautiful collection of fine arts. Many of the pieces were donated from the personal collection of Argentinians. The majority of the narrative for the pieces, are in Spanish only. This to get a good understanding, I used an electronic translator to convert the descriptions to English. Admission is free. I spent about two hours, but I was last here about a year ago, and the majority of the collection is permanent.
Written 14 February 2024
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David B
Annapolis, MD41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The museum has a variety of art from Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet just to name a few. Not a large museum so can easily see. Good location as there are other site seeing close by. If you like art, well worth the trip.
Written 29 January 2024
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Fernando R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I have visited several museums of fine arts in Europe. the USA and a few in South America. I highly recommend this museum because it holds a small but fine collection of works of art, both European and local, spanning from the 6th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D. I believe that by visiting this museum, you can get a feel for what a larger museum in Europe or the USA has to offer. Also, it's free of charge, something rare to find. Hope you enjoy this small sample of beautiful art!
Written 9 January 2024
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john28London
London, UK428 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Thank goodness it’s free!
Sorry but what a mismatch of styles this house is ! The collection made by the original owner is a very hit and miss affair.
The house itself and the collection just don’t hang together. It’s just so, so very odd
Written 29 December 2023
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Joao E
Porto Alegre, RS1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I’ve loved. Pretty good place and experience. The shop is very good too. I recommend. Please don’t miss. I have no more words
Written 26 December 2023
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itsGREGSWORLD
Tarpon Springs, FL217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This beautiful museum has an easy layout and you can miss nothing. Monet, Manet, El Greco, Rubens, Rivera, Degas, Van Gogh, on and on. Must see museum when in Buenos Aires.
Was FREE on the day we visited. Incredible!
Written 15 December 2023
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