Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz

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Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz

Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Retiro
Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the port, mean this neighborhood is never truly at rest. One minute you are walking down a street dotted with ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
How to get there
  • Retiro • 6 min walk
  • General San Martín • 8 min walk
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sleepybexhill
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK1,470 contributions
Couples
It tells you the history of the building of Argentina’s railways by the British in the late 1800s. Fascinating seeing so much equipment that found its way across the Atlantic. Even the main Retiro station is British built. The museum is free and one of the people working there speaks excellent English, so you can get a good understanding of Argentina’s railways. Easy to get to and worth a quick visit.
Written February 7, 2020
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scrumpylondon2018
London, UK42 contributions
Not in many of the guide books. Came across this in passing. So pleased I did.

Wonderful array of artefacts displayed with information in Spanish and English.
A varied display including dining service china, and technical equipment from the last 150 years or so of Argentine railway.
Be lucky and get an old fashioned ticket stamped at the ticket office, and run the large model locomotive.
Weekends the coaches behind the museum are open also.
Free entrance and takes 30-60 minutes, or probably more for real train enthusiasts!
Written December 13, 2019
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VAPilot
Vienna, VA424 contributions
If you like trains, check out the National Railway Museum located right next to an actively working junction of several commuter trains into downtown Buenos Aires. There is a steam locomotive on display outside the museum. A small collection, but worth a quick visit.
Written December 4, 2019
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n0sn0girl
Mesa, AZ105 contributions
We noticed this museum because it was down the street from our hotel. We are so glad we went in! It is free, which is a great. But it is really interesting too if you like learning about the history of the railway and other transportation in Buenos Aires. AND, all of the descriptions are in Spanish and English, which was a wonderful bonus.The upstairs was closed when we visited but we still were there an hour or so.
Written November 30, 2019
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palodegolf
Duffus41 contributions
Couples
Round the back of Retiro station you'll see an old railway engine, and beyond that is the entrance to the railway museum. If you're British you'll recognise much of our common railway history, and if you're Argentine you'll probably wonder what happened to your railway network. Regardless, there are lots of very interesting exhibits, curated by staff who have a real interest in the subject.
Written March 28, 2016
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Danny
Beinsdorp, The Netherlands1,524 contributions
Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz.
We accidentally came across Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz while walking through BA heading for Patio Bullrich .
The receiptance at Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz was very very warm . The gentlemen explained us how this unique museum was set up with the train related items .

Museo Nacional Ferroviario Raul Scalabrini Ortiz is GREAT !!!
Written December 30, 2019
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490theos
Southend-on-Sea, UK552 contributions
The engine in the pic is British built. There are lots of unrestored carriages in adjacent sidings under tarpaulins. In the museum is a lot of china with the private company markings
Written May 1, 2019
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StuMacR
Edinburgh, UK39 contributions
Couples
I almost missed this museum which was located just across the road from the Emperator Hotel. Entry is free. We were greeted immediately by Lauro (masculine
version of Laura ) who spoke really excellent English. He was a mine of information and gave helpful answers to our many questions. This museum houses a wonderful collection and is a must-see for any technically minded person or railway enthusiast. The collection is wide-ranging: clocks, telephones, signalling gear and many pieces relating to the history of the railway in Argentina. Most impressive for me was a mercury arc rectifier around 6 feet hight and containing 2 litres of mercury (look it up if you don't know). Our visit re-inforced the impression that the British had a huge input into the railway development in Argentina. Thanks to Lauro for our fascinating chat and the gift of mate tea.
Written October 26, 2017
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djpend
Preston, UK1,078 contributions
Friends
Well kept museum with two floors containing a wide selection of small exhibits. Short walk from the Retiro Metro station. (Retiro Main Station is a place to be careful of pickpockets etc) or there is a good car park. No English speaking staff on duty when we were there but there often is one. You have to look outside around the corner of the building to see a secan locomotive, but other outdoor items are covered over. Worth a visit.
Written June 12, 2017
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Master Echo
London, UK552 contributions
Couples
Museo Nacional Ferroviario Buenos Aires

This museum is conveniently located in an old railway warehouse close to Retiro Station, where entrance is free.

The interior is beautifully maintained and is on several levels. The contents comprise a wide range of railway ephemera, from silver cutlery, and china dishes to old telephones and telegraph equipment, models of locomotives and coaches, and some photographs. They also have an extensive library archive collection, but this is only open on weekdays.

There is only one steam locomotive, a narrow gauge example which is located outside at the entrance.

Despite the lack of spoken English by the two staff members present, they were extremely helpful and friendly.
Written February 19, 2017
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