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El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center

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Address: Brown Esquina Bonarelli, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 2902 49-2799
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A good thing in a small package

A treasure of a small museum in what looks from the outside like a warehouse. From dinosaurs to local fauna and the ravages faced by the indigenous people, it is educative as well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
rchandiramani
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A treasure of a small museum in what looks from the outside like a warehouse. From dinosaurs to local fauna and the ravages faced by the indigenous people, it is educative as well as makes a strong political statement. The lady at the reception desk is friendly and has stories to tell while you drink your free mate cocido.

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MEXICO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Its a small museum were you can see the evolution of Pataogonia (Earth) from the dinosaurs, ice age to the arrival of colonization.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little museum. Shows the fauna in the area through time. A good audio visual on the fate of the Patagonian Indians, the fate of the striking workers in the 20's and the cycle of ice build up of the Perito Moreno glacier. The latter grows to form a bridge across the lake, which then stops the water outlet on... More 

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Juiz de Fora - MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This small museum, perhaps a rare case of individual efforts beyond mass tourism in El Calafate, puts you in touch with natural and human history in Patagônia and the cultural mischieves faced by its original inhabitants. Do not forget to chat a little with the attentive and qell informed lady at the reception.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Only a 10 minute stroll from the main drag this gem of an interpretation centre could be missed. Language guides available in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, German and Italian makes for easy access for all. Dinosaurs to present day, and complimentary mate if you want when you exit the displays.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

To our surprise this non-descript building contained a nice museum which gave a good, english overview of the geological periods in the are. The skeletons were fun, i think children will love them. The part on the original peoples looked honest and was informational.

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Well organized small museum. Information translated in English booklet. Easily reached from downtown,walking, great for kids and adults. Proprietor served us Mate Libre and explained how it is shared. Great experience.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Hidden just outside downtown (but still easily walkable from any hotel/hostel). It's a great museum that's furthered by the owners clear care and understanding of the material being presented. Right alongside the impressive fossils is a story of the history of Patagonia, starting with the dinosaurs and ending with the European settling and the strife of the natives of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

They start with dinosaurs which was pleasant and unexpected. Great info on indigenous peoples and the colonization process. At the end you get to try mate. They have great interpretive translation packets in a variety of languages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We called in not really expecting much, but we were pleasantly surprised. The very helpful lady gave us an information leaflet in English as all the descriptions on the display are only in Spanish. There was a bit of everything from dinosaurs to the geography and social history of Patagonia which was very thought provoking. Our visit ended with a... More 

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