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Museo Maritimo del Presidio de Ushuaia

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Address: Yaganes y Gobernador Paz. Ex Presidio, Ushuaia 9410 , Argentina
Phone Number: +54 2901 43-7481
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Prison at the End of the World,as a correctional facility was closed...
The Prison at the End of the World,as a correctional facility was closed in 1947. Now houses the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia, with a vast collection of models that relate the maritime history of Tierra del Fuego from the arrival of the first explorers. The Prison Museum that highlights the history of the criminal and the lives of prisoners in each of the old cells and support screens, local history and development of the city of Ushuaia is reported. The Antarctic Museum with exhibits on the expeditions of the most famous explorers like Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, Nordenskjold. Museum of Art Marine, with the leading argentine artists marinists and Art Gallery with Temporary Exhibitions Audioguides in English,Spanish,Portuguese and French
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This prison museum and the Maritime Museum are the best way to learn about the history of the city. The prisoners built part of the city. The visit is very informative. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Recife, PE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The guided tour is nice, it makes the visit much more interesting. You'll learn about the history of the region, and about some famous criminals.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I was quite surprised to see and learn about the life in Ushuaia, in Argentina and in prison! It is a quite impressive and great visit. It is a very nice activity to do after skiing or having enjoyed all the good things the city has to offer.

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Ribeirao Preto, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This museum has it all. It is actually 5 museums located in one big building that once was a prision. Excellent place to learn a bot of Ushuaia, the south pole, penguins, the sea and appreciate some weird but cool modern art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This prison museum and the Maritime Museum are the best way to learn about the history of the city. The prisoners built part of the city. The visit is very informative. The buildings are well maintained. Today, you can also find information about polar expeditions and about the first people living in Patagonia. Ushuaia is a very small town, and... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This prison converted museum is divided into four main components. The history of the prison and its inmates is the most fascinating one. Infact, a part of the prison has been left untouched. Worth spending a few hours learning about the history of Ushuaia & the prison. There is a souvenir shop which has some very interesting gifts to pick... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

What a fascinating place, so much information to read, I can't possibly imagine how terrible a 'life' being imprisoned here would be. Even in summer with a fire burning this was a cold place. Wear a coat! Worth the time.

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Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This museum is one you could certainly spend a couple of days in - just absorbing the huge amounts of information on several different topics. Obviously being housed in a jail, there is the penitentiary history, then the Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego region's history, and (my favourite), the Antarctic exploration/expedition history. I was rather tired, having spent the whole... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Spent three hours wandering around, looking at the displays and discovering more about the history and peoples lives in this area of the country. There is a café on site which is adequate and provides a much needed break. Well worth the time and energy to visit.

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Gottingen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The former prison, “El Presidio, now houses a museum featuring shipping and maritime art, police and penitentiary, and Antarctica as well as an art gallery. The exhibitions look ather simplistic but are varied and full of stories and information, most even in English. Unfortunately, guided tours are only available in Spanish. When you are in Ushuaia, I recommend you make... More 

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Edmonton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This old prison houses a multitude of different exhibits running from life in the prison, antarctic exploration, the ships that rounded the Horn, the first nation people, local flora and fauna, an art gallery, etc. etc.. One of the best bangs for the peso I have come across. Take your time, each cell tells a story and the staff is... More 

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