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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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Information overload - but fantastic

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Set in the old Ushuaia prison this is a 4 collections in one spread out amongst the old "arms" and cells of the prison. With collections focusing on The Prison (and some of it celebrated and notorious inmantes) woven in with the history of Ushuaia; Maritime Collection; Antarctic collection and a marine art collection. We had time to visit in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Ushuaia was set up take the more violent prisoners of Argentina. The museum shows what life was like during that time and the difficulties the inmates experienced. You can walk into the cells and visit the showers, kitchen area, and the bathrooms. The museum is quite cold and dark and living there must have been very unpleasant. Information and pictures... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

At 150 pesos, this feels expensive. There's a lot here though, and it sometimes feels a bit disjointed. Some english translations are so poor they're hard to understand. If you don't mind the price tag, it's a worthwhile visit for Ushuaia and Antarctic history, plus seeing the prison architecture.

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Fortson, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

On Saturday 12/27 as part of a cruise shore excursion on our way to Antarctica, my wife & I visited this fascinating prison that's been repurposed as a museum & art gallery. Although our tour guide struggled, we enjoyed exploring on our own two wings of the prison that was built as a penal colony that helped establish Ushuaia. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Sophisticated place for those times. Very interesting ! I took the guided tour but I finished earlier as it didnt give time to visit each room.

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