Andes Museum
Andes Museum
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  • Idrivealotmaine
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely visit this museum
    If you remember the event from 1972, you must visit this museum. I took 2 people who were not born at the time of the crash and knew nothing more than having watched a movie. They left very well educated and with a much enlightened perspective. It can be quiet emotion stirring.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Anthony D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An outstanding small museum; a highlight of Montevideo
    The Andes Museum is one of the best small museums I have visited in a long time, and my visit was definitely one of the things I will remember most about Montevideo. The museum covers the true story of the 1972 Uruguayan plane crash in the Andes Mountains, the inspiring story of the 16 survivors, and the tragic and heartbreaking stories of the 24 men and women who lost their lives. The museum is very well-organized and clears up a number of misconceptions about the crash but it was the unexpected commentary and personal attention from the museum's founder that made visiting the museum a truly special experience. I spent far longer here than I expected to and the whole experience made me want to learn even more by reading books by some of the survivors. Highly recommended.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Joanne FC
    Papillion, Nebraska11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspirational Visit and Well Organized Presentation in English
    I spent 3 hours at this museum which tells the details of this tragic incident in a very inspirational way. I arrived when they opened and had the English version of the introductory video all to myself and the rest of the museum mostly all to myself. The information is well organized and with English information as well which is whyI took advantage of this and took the time to read every detail of this incident which I remember happening as a teen. Questions were encouraged and answered. Highly recommend you visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Chris
    Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poignant memorial/museum for Andes ‘72 miracle
    A sad, yet uplifting, story brilliantly conveyed by written and visual displays plus engaging, passionate staff. We were aware of the story but this labour of love brought the ordeal to life. Touristically, there is not a huge amount to do and see in Montevideo. This museum deserves a couple of hours of your time.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Edward C
    Houston, Texas10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving tribute to a tragic event - not to be missed
    As Karen Higgs (aka Guru'guay) writes: "if you only do one museum in Montevideo, do this one". This is a fantastic tribute to one man's (Jörg Thomsen) efforts to remember and learn from the experiences of childhood friends and neighbors who were on the plane. If all you want to do is learn more about the event and the circumstances leading up to it, you will find it here. If you also want to learn a great deal about the people involved - who they were and how this tragedy shaped them - you will find this here also. This is a wonderful spot in a lovely city.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Karen H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum visit Andes 1972
    Although I thought I knew the story of the crash and survivors from the book and movie. “Alive”, this museum offered so much more information. A lot about the individuals aboard and their short lives or survival story. I found it very moving. Highly recommend
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 2, 2023
  • tammeryn s
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time well spent.
    I read this inspirational book many times and recall when this all happened. My visit to this museum was like returning to visit old friends. It made me reflect on how these people helped form my mental and physical strength, and how I Incorporated their experiences into my sense of proportion. Reading more about the crash victims and their fates, seeing the tastefully prepared displays and studying the timeline in the museum was a very good way to spend a few hours.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 24, 2023
  • _cornishpixie7_mk
    Nha Trang, Vietnam729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interactive, detailed and informative
    I went to this really interesting museum/memorial today about the Andes plane crash of the rugby team where they ate their dead friends. They were so young 18/19 years old. It was interactive and you could see what they did each day. Including things like how the hideous 1970s curtains turned out to be a source of insulation and how rugby discipline and fitness helped them survive. People who knew the mountains said it was impossible to survive or escape so it was lucky they didn't know it was impossible!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Maree B
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a well curated collection of the entire event..
    Such a well curated collection of the entire event. All exhibits had both Spanish and English translations. The space was well thought out and we quickly lost track of time as we were so absorbed by the loving restoration of the event and the effect it had on Uruguay
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 19, 2024
  • Go757038
    Longboat Key, Florida5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museo Andes 1972 - Must-See Museum In Montevideo
    Terrific museum documenting the disastrous crash of Flight 571 on October 13, 1972. Excellent documentation, including actual artifacts of the event. Detailed explanations of the 72 day calamity and intimate profiles of those involved, all handled with respect and reverence. The museum is a sensitive and poignant tribute to the tragic events and victims of Flight 571. Important and educational highlight of our stay in Montevideo.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 2, 2024
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bruce3404
Oregon682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Who ever goes to a museum where the curator wanders about and offers insightful info? We quite enjoyed our two hour visit to relive one of the great miracles of the last 50 years. I especially enjoyed that this in not your typical museum of history or art in general, but rather a museum which emphasizes a particular event in history. Good English descriptions, unlike some other Montevideo museums.
Written February 28, 2020
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robinWoodbridge
woodbridge122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I had forgotten about this story . A compelling recount of those that died and those that survived. Brilliantly put together. How did these survivors make it off the mountain, this museum will never be able to explain this . Miracles do happen.
I was impressed by how much detail there was provided and we spent nearly 2 hours here.
Written February 11, 2020
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Keep-travelling
Toronto, Canada212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This museum, which displays the strength and courage of the human soul, will leave you speechless and force you realize how fragile life really is.
An inspiring story of survival.
We have seen the movie "Alive" read the book, and now have been to this outstanding museum which brought everything to life, and more importantly, pays tribute to ALL the people on the flight that fateful day.
The staff at the Museum were exceptional providing additional informational and insight.
This museum is not to be missed.
Written February 7, 2020
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dothemath51
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
This little museum is a Montevideo do-not-miss, that documents in detail the moving drama of the 1972 mishap that caught the attention of the world. It's a uniquely Uruguayan as well as a universally human story. Worth your visit.

Written February 18, 2020
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Chris
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I unfortunately didn't get to spend as much time at this museum as I would have liked to but I enjoyed the brief time that I did have there. The exhibits were very interesting and the whole place worked well as both an educational facility and a memorial to the victims and survivors of the crash. I also liked the museum's approach of trying to relate its extraordinary subject matter to lessons that could apply to everyday life, such as the importance of setting small goals to help with completing seemingly overwhelming tasks. One of the museum staff members (all of whom were very friendly and helpful) explained to me that they emphasize this aspect in educational programs for children who visit the museum.
Written July 3, 2020
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Anthony D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The Andes Museum is one of the best small museums I have visited in a long time, and my visit was definitely one of the things I will remember most about Montevideo. The museum covers the true story of the 1972 Uruguayan plane crash in the Andes Mountains, the inspiring story of the 16 survivors, and the tragic and heartbreaking stories of the 24 men and women who lost their lives. The museum is very well-organized and clears up a number of misconceptions about the crash but it was the unexpected commentary and personal attention from the museum's founder that made visiting the museum a truly special experience. I spent far longer here than I expected to and the whole experience made me want to learn even more by reading books by some of the survivors. Highly recommended.
Written March 14, 2023
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SunSallyTayshun
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
I've been interested in this crash for a long time, so I was interested to know there was a museum within blocks of where I am staying in Ciudad Vieja. The museum itself is well done, with a video about the crash, a day-by-day timeline, a few pieces from the original plane and many items of clothing, belongings and journals from the crash and the survivors. The founder of the museum is very nice and will answer any questions you may have.
Written February 27, 2022
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Joanne FC
Papillion, NE11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I spent 3 hours at this museum which tells the details of this tragic incident in a very inspirational way. I arrived when they opened and had the English version of the introductory video all to myself and the rest of the museum mostly all to myself. The information is well organized and with English information as well which is whyI took advantage of this and took the time to read every detail of this incident which I remember happening as a teen. Questions were encouraged and answered. Highly recommend you visit.
Written March 29, 2023
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Edward C
Houston, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
As Karen Higgs (aka Guru'guay) writes: "if you only do one museum in Montevideo, do this one". This is a fantastic tribute to one man's (Jörg Thomsen) efforts to remember and learn from the experiences of childhood friends and neighbors who were on the plane.
If all you want to do is learn more about the event and the circumstances leading up to it, you will find it here.
If you also want to learn a great deal about the people involved - who they were and how this tragedy shaped them - you will find this here also.
This is a wonderful spot in a lovely city.
Written July 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lucy I
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
A fabulous museum in the heart of the city. They really packed a lot of information, into what is a relatively small space. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The content itself is a very heartbreaking account of the 1972 Andes Plane Crash. From artefacts to real accounts from those in the crash to technical explanations this hits on many different levels.
Written February 21, 2023
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