Museo Etnográfico Juan B. Ambrosetti, Buenos Aires

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The Juan B. Ambrosetti Museum of Ethnography is an Argentine museum maintained by the University of Buenos Aires School of Philosophy and Letters and located in Buenos Aires.OverviewAn estate on an eight-hectare property in Buenos Aires' Nueva Pompeya ward became the site of a homemade museum in 1866, when 14-year-old Francisco Moreno and his father classified and mounted their extensive collection of fossils and artifacts, gathered in excursions along the property and surroundings. The younger Moreno organized his collection as a public display, and with funding from the Province of Buenos Aires, inaugurated the Anthropology and Ethnography Museum of Buenos Aires in 1879.Featuring over 15,000 artifacts, the collection was ultimately transferred to the new La Plata Museum in 1888. Explorations in the Gran Chaco region conducted at the time by University of Buenos Aires naturalist Juan Bautista Ambrosetti led to an extensive, new collection, however, and in 1904, the latter inaugurated the University of Buenos Aires Museum of Ethnography.The museum became the first in Argentina to introduce guided excursions for its patrons, and travels along the Inca road system resulted in the 1908 discovery of Pucará de Tilcara, among the best-preserved ruins of settlements by Pre-Inca cultures in the area. Elaborate petroglyphs and over 3,000 other relics were recovered and catalogued in the following three years, and most were added to the collections of the Museum of Ethnography. The settlement itself was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
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  • We have an interest in ethnography and early cultures. The ground floor rooms had many interesting artefacts. There were comprehensive guides in English. The real highlight was the upper room with the...  more »
  • It was closed for renovation/restoration and there was this information on any Web site. We went down there to the guy at the door.
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  • Very good choice to spend an afternoon. Excellent shows and exhibitions. Variety of objects and excellent from the pedagogical point of view
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  • Incredible library. A pity that the above is a 5% of what there is in deposits. It deserves a 10 times larger building.
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  • This museum dependent of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, are collections of Argentina ethnographic and other parts of the world. It is also gives research groups dedicated to archaeological science. It is recommended to make the journey with guided visits.
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  • Very interesting visit guided by Anabella. A luxury to enjoy so much excellence!
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  • Samples of the different rooms, elements, objects and descriptions. The information is well transmitted. A gem from what is the building, as well as permanent and temporary signs. Not to be missed.
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  • Nice Museum. Service is missing. It has good exhibitions and interesting material about many cultures around the world. Free entry. And guided tours.
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