Museo de la Memoria

Museo de la Memoria, Montevideo: Address, Phone Number, Museo de la Memoria Reviews: 4/5

Museo de la Memoria
Interesting small museum about the history of the 1973-1986 dictatorship and movements back to democracy. Located in a lovely little park that used to be part of a large estate.
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Melbourne, Australia48 contributions
Important to see
Jan 2019 • Solo
This is a modest museum to the experience of the military dictatorship, well worth seeing. They have chosen to downplay the interrogations and torture, but have focussed on prisoners' experiences and the successful fight to restore democracy, so it is quite positive in the end It is not easy to access, out in Prado, but it's located there because they decided to put it in one of the general's former mansions - a great irony.
Written January 29, 2019
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Tucson, AZ20 contributions
Do not miss this place
Jul 2018 • Family
I think it is important to know the history of a country you visit, you will learn a lot here,
It is not close to the center, you can take the 149 or 522 ask the driver for "Proprios". The only regret, the light or the layout does not let you see very well the films shown. The entrance is free.
Written July 17, 2018
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Caroline H
Auckland, New Zealand12 contributions
Make the effort to get here
Apr 2014 • Friends
Its not near the central city but if you grab a taxi it is straightforward to get there. We met with one of the educators and she explained all the exhibits and answered our questions in Spanish, she was amazing. They have a sheet printed in English explaining the exhibits which is very helpful. Their are temporary and permanent exhibits ,it can be confronting but it is important and fascinating. They kindly called us a taxi once we had finished.
Written May 2, 2014
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Northampton, Massachusetts, USA305 contributions
Layers of Uruguayan history, inside and out
Mar 2013 • Solo
Having visited Parque de la Memoria and the Space for Memory and Human Rights (ex ESMA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was very interested to see what Uruguay’s memorial museum would be like. It’s quite different from the ex-ESMA and well worth a visit for those who are interested in Uruguayan and Southern Cone history, dictatorships, and/or “memory spaces” and memorials.

A working knowledge of Spanish is helpful, as none of the exhibits are labeled in English. The museum is small and well-organized, with rooms dedicated to various topics and periods during the 1973-1985 dictatorship – how the dictatorship began and ended, popular resistance, exile, etc. Film, photographs, publications, art, installations, artifacts, and household objects are used creatively to illustrate what occurred before, during, and after this historical period. Uruguay’s dictatorial regime didn’t “disappear” and murder as many people as did the military governments of Argentina and Chile, but it did imprison a higher percentage of the population than any other South American nation. The museum has thought-provoking exhibits about this tactic, including painstakingly created artwork by prisoners, and some of the uniforms they were forced to wear. (Anyone who’s enjoyed Punta Carretas Shopping mall should see this room at the museum – the building that’s now a mall used to be a prison, and many political prisoners were kept there during the dictatorship.)

Although I learned a great deal from the entire museum, I found the rooms dedicated to the period during and after the restoration of democracy most compelling. It was interesting to see the photos of the disappeared carried by their loved ones in demonstrations, and to see the rainbows used as a symbol of hope and change – this motif was also used in Chile by the campaign to vote for the ouster of Pinochet and return to democracy.

The museum has a blog and a website; the official website is here:
The site doesn’t look as if it’s been updated since the end of 2012, but it does have hours and directions, including which colectivos, or buses, to take. As the museum is too far north to appear on the standard free tourist map given out at hostels and hotels, it’s helpful to get directions from someone who knows the city. I took bus 148 from the center of Montevideo, in front of the building across the street from Teatro Solís, to Avenida Millán at Avenida de las Instrucciones, a couple of blocks from the museum.

The building is set back from the road, so it’s not easy to spot – it’s in what is now a park, and was the country estate of Máximo Santos, who was president of Uruguay from 1882 to 1886. According to the website, Santos had more than 80 species of “exotic” plants and a small zoo on the premises. After I’d had enough of reading about dictators disappearing people, I strolled the grounds to clear my head. It’s a gorgeous building, although the stone lions out front have chips in their paws and the beautiful trees could use a trim. Ironic that the country home of a military dictator of the 19th century should be turned into a museum examining the crimes of a dictatorship of the 20th century.
Written April 28, 2013
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