Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia, Ushuaia

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Housed in Ushuaia's spider-like former prison building, Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia tells the story of the city's seafarers and their irresistible yearning to explore the wilderness of Antarctica. Perched at the very tip of the continent, the museum captures Ushuaia's frontier-town atmosphere and the sense of intrigue about what lies in the waters beyond. Smell the salt in the air and feel the chilly ocean winds as you learn about explorers who colonized Argentina and the impact their arrival had on the area's indigenous people. The former prison complex houses several other museums worth checking out during your visit. Using our world travel planner, Ushuaia attractions like Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Good historical overview of Ushuaia penal colony, and maritime history of Tierra del Fuego. The displays had good detail, and were written in both Spanish and English. 
    Good historical overview of Ushuaia penal colony, and maritime history of Tierra del Fuego. The displays had good detail, and were written in both Spanish and English.  more »
  • After returning from an Antarctica expedition, my wife and I decided to spend a few hours exploring this expansive museum. Even before entering the museum, there is an old wooden boat, the “Cutter... 
    After returning from an Antarctica expedition, my wife and I decided to spend a few hours exploring this expansive museum. Even before entering the museum, there is an old wooden boat, the “Cutter...  more »
  • The entrance to this place was a nightmare. Small crowded lobby, hard to buy tickets. Then once we got inside it was fine. Interesting to go inside an old prison and imagine what the conditions... 
    The entrance to this place was a nightmare. Small crowded lobby, hard to buy tickets. Then once we got inside it was fine. Interesting to go inside an old prison and imagine what the conditions...  more »
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  • We tried to join a guided visit but the crowd was so big we could hardly listen to the guide so we decided to walk around. Each wing host different collection of objects. There are very varied things displayed in each of what used to be a cell. Themes such as immigration to Ushuaia, geology, ships. One whole wing is a souvenir shop and and another hosts a maritime art collection. The most interesting Wong for us was the one that has been kept unrestored and were you can appreciate what the prison actually looked like when it was in use.
  • Amazing museum. So much information and so many displays. 1100 pesos admission but it gives you 2 days of admission. It’s so huge that we needed the 2 days! Very cool that they restored most of it but left one wing original. There’s an art gallery, info on Ushuaia, the prison and lots of Marine information. If I had a choice I’d definitely choose this museum over the others in town. We were very impressed!!
  • They have recently increased the cost for foreigners more than double. I realize that inflation has caused some of this, but the new cost is equivalent to $20 a person, which is MUCH more than I would pay for a comparable museum at home. The museum is fine and does have English translations (very appreciated) but is disordered and overwhelming with random information in small print presented in each of the cells. I just felt a little blindsided by the increase in cost and unappreciated as a patron. In retrospect, I would spend my time and pesos elsewhere.
  • 1100 pesos for foreigners is quite expensive for the casual visitor. The exhibition is extensive, and while it makes sense to put displays in the prison cells there are many of them to go through. In my opinion there is too much information to read and unless you are really into ships or the history details, you will get bored quickly. They could make it more impactful by focusing on fewer stories.
  • Set in the old prison which is interesting. The exhibits are fairly conventional... lots of so models in the maritime section and stories of prisoners in the penal section.

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