Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia, Ushuaia

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Housed in Ushuaia's spider-like former prison building, Museo Maritimo y 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 y del Presidio de Ushuaia can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The guided tour of the historic Pavilion was very interesting and well explained. Then the rest of the place can continue watching and observing the different rooms. You can leave from Ushuaia without passing through here.
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  • Nice museum. We learned a lot about the time ir was built and served as a prison. It is well done, nice exhibitions, and easy to walk through. Plan 0n 2-3 hours there.  more »
  • We had a morning free before embarking on our Antarctic cruise so visited this museum. Pretty Pricey! But fascinating. Not only is the museum actually housed in the penal colony prison, in itself a fa...  more »
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  • Very good museum! Was a bit scared by the high price though I'm suggesting not to miss the place if you are in town. On top of the jail system and the life within there are sections dedicated to the town history and immigrating which I found revealing. A couple of art gallery and installation too which I believe will change constantly. Definitely be aware of the extremely overpriced gift shop.
  • Possibly the best and biggest museum in Ushuaia. The building itself was a prison. There are at least 3 museums inside, covering topics including the prison development (very detailed), the Antarctica and its exploration history, the marine exploration history of the region, a little bit natural materials, and a marine art museum as well as some art exhibitions. There are two gift shops and around six stamps if you are into them. Recommended time: more than 2 hours. Tours are available in Spanish (not sure about English), and there are tour guide machines for 50 pesos (recommended).
  • The gentleman at the Chilean research station invited us in for hot cocoa, coffee, and tea, as well as a Chilean delicacy of pumpkin type fried fritters! It was an amazing experience and our hosts were so gracious.
  • I enjoyed the art works in the individual cells and it was good that one 'wing' was kept in its original state to get a sense of what it was once like
  • Decent museum with a lot of exhibits if you need to kill some time in Ushuaia. Collections are haphazardly organized and the entrance fee is pretty steep: more than $20USD.
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