Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia

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Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia

Museo Maritimo & del Presidio de Ushuaia
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About
The Jail at the End of the World, as a correctional facility, was closed in 1947. Declared a National Historic Monument, it houses four very interesting museums that introduce us to the history of the region, the Ushuaia Maritime Museum, with a vast collection of models that tell the story maritime of Tierra del Fuego since the arrival of the first explorers; the Museum of the Presidio, highlights the criminal history and the lives of the prisoners in each of the old cells, the local history and the development of the city of Ushuaia. The Antarctic Museum with exhibits on the expeditions of the most famous explorers such as Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, Nordenskjold. The Museum of Marine Art, with works by the main Argentine marine artists and Art Gallery with Temporary Exhibitions. Audio guides are offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German.
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,776 contributions
Impressive Museum Complex in Ushuaia
Feb 2020
After returning from an Antarctica expedition, my wife and I decided to spend a few hours exploring this expansive museum. Even before entering the museum, there is an old wooden boat, the “Cutter Tomasito” that dates back to 1913. I learned that it was used by a family to navigate the Beagle Channel.

Upon entering the Museum, we starting looking at the exhibits that detailed the maritime history of Ushuaia, including the fascinating history of the indigenous people. The exhibits then detail how Ushuaia was colonized by Spain and eventually obtained its independence.

The next area we visited was the old jail. I can only imagine how brutal the conditions must have been with the cold weather and the cement cells. However, I learned that this jail housed some vicious criminals who apparently deserved this harsh treatment. The jail was well built and is remarkably well maintained.

The last area we visited was the art gallery which offered a pleasant respite from the “heavier” exhibits we had seen. There were a variety of art displayed by very talented local artists. My understanding is that the art gallery changes the displays on a regular basis.

There is also a small boutique that sells a variety of souvenirs as well as light refreshments for reasonable prices.

This museum is a great place to visit if you find yourself with some free time before or after an expedition or other interesting journey.
Written July 16, 2020
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Maureen S
Darwin, Australia750 contributions
Very informative museum
Mar 2020
I agree with the comment that the entrance is so small that with 4 people, it was crowded. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Once inside we meet a number of tour groups and had to dodge them. Wandered up and down the wings of the cells reading the stories about the prisoners and their life cramped into the tiny cells. It would have been terrible housed in the cells especially during winter. Wandered around to the maritime museum and enjoyed reading the stories about the various ships.
Well worth a few hours visit
Written May 6, 2020
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SLKspingirl
Texas508 contributions
Go inside a Prison
Mar 2020
The entrance to this place was a nightmare. Small crowded lobby, hard to buy tickets. Then once we got inside it was fine. Interesting to go inside an old prison and imagine what the conditions were like when prisoners lived there. We also found one wing that had a nice art exhibit that was fun to see. Overall, a worthwhile stop on a rainy day.
Written April 27, 2020
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LightPacker815359
Cawood, UK12 contributions
Great
May 2019
Convicts were transferred from Isla de los Estados to Ushuaia in 1906 to build this national prison,finished in 1920.The depressing cells,designed for 380 inmates,held up to 800 before the prison closed in 1947.Famous prisoners include author Ricardo Rojasand and anarchist Simon Radowitzky.The depiction of penal life is intriguing,but information is only in Spanish.Maritime exhibits provide a unique glimpse of the region's history.
Remains of the world's narrowest-gauge freight train,which transported prisoners between town and work stations,sit in the courtyard.From December to March,guided tours(also in English)are at 11:30am and 4:30pm.
Written April 26, 2020
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ376 contributions
A prison turned into a museum
Feb 2020
Visited as part of a group tour. The facility, formally a prison , now their maritime museum, There a five wings (legs) off the center hall. Contains a gift shop, recreation of prison cells and art work.
Written April 11, 2020
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Mandy Coombs
North Petherton, UK416 contributions
Well worth a visit
Mar 2020
A great way to spend a few hours when it's raining! It cost about £30 for 2 people, but there is loads of stuff to see including, the original cells, a great art gallery, lots of information about the discovery of the Antarctic, and the ships who made it out (and those that didn't). There are a couple of gifts shops full to the brim with interesting things to purchase. You can buy a coffee in the main atrium and the internet access was good!
Written April 5, 2020
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,218 contributions
Maritime Museum
Mar 2020
There is a small fee to visit this museum. Here you will learn about the seafaring traditions of this community at the tip of South America
Written April 4, 2020
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Refo6
Alexandria, VA17 contributions
More than a prison museum
Feb 2020
We spent a few hours here and could have stayed longer. Prison history, art, Antarctica exploration and more is covered at this site. So much to see and presented in the individual cells. Well worth the entrance fee! And there is a GREAT souvenir shop.
Written March 13, 2020
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MARMELB
Melbourne, Australia150 contributions
So much material. Hard to absorb it all
Jan 2020
We found some of the exhibitions very interesting. it was hard to concentrate on them because of the loud commentary with a microphone used by a guide taking a group through. Had to leave as the noise was so annoying
Written March 11, 2020
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colleencanberra
canberra413 contributions
Quite expensive and average museum
Feb 2020
It cost us about A$65 entrance fees for the two of us. I was disappointed in the museum which had some very uninteresting exhibits.
Written March 9, 2020
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