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Museo Maritimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia

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Address: Yaganes y Gobernador Paz | Ex Presidio, Ushuaia 9410 , Argentina
Phone Number: +54 2901 437481
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9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Prison at the End of the World,as a correctional facility was closed in...

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

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A good museum about the history of Ushuaia and Antarctica

The place is not very big but I really enjoyed the different wings that it had. One is preserved as the old prison that it was in its original state. There are lockers available... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is not very big but I really enjoyed the different wings that it had. One is preserved as the old prison that it was in its original state. There are lockers available to put your bags in and a nice small little gift shop as well as tours available which I think are free. It has good information... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

This museum is based in the former jail of Ushuaia. The exhibits are mostly in the old prison cells. They have brochures at the entrance in several different languages. The first part is the maritime museum area with several small ship models, and pictures and information. The next part is some of the history of the indigenous people of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

The entrance fee of 200ARS appeared at first a bit high but the museum has a lot to offer. The old prison is well illustrated and there is one wing in its original condition. There were some art exhibitions in the other wings as well as plenty of history about Ushuaia and boats. There is also a souvenir shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The museum basically shows exhibitions on three topics: modern art, the prison of Ushuaia and Antarctica. I didn't like the modern art exhibits but then I am not particularly interested in modern art. The part about prison life was interesting. However, by far the best and most interesting part was the exhibition on explorers in Antarctica. The exhibits take up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Very interesting with the cells full of exhibits. There is a cafe and gift shop as well. Don't forget to get your entry ticket stamped so you can return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

If you're in the area you should absolutely do this. The information is very extensive and diverse. Each cell has a different part of the history of the area broken out. One corridor was even kept the way it was back when the building was used as a prison, very interesting to see. Highly recommend this museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

Quite an interesting place to visit for a few hours. It's very very well made up with artefacts on displayed telling the story of the region. Being an old prison you actually feel a tad claustrophobic which adds to the over all experience. There is also a section with stuffed animals/mammals if you don't get to see the real thing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

This museum is simply jam packed with interesting information on the history of Ushuaia, ships succumbing to the danger of the waters there surrounding, and the captivating story of Tierra del Fuego's early days as a penal colony. We were barely able to scratch the surface in the hour or so we had and would have truly appreciated another couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Really great museum with wings dedicated to the maritime history of the region, the prison and penial colony, Antarctic exploration, a rotating wing for different art exhibits, and a wing of the prison that hasn't been renovated and shows the conditions the prisoners lived in. Exhibits had descriptions in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. You could easily spend the whole... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

Interesting building and history. Sadly the exhibits are randomly occurring with no clear timeline for the visitor. A good way to pass an hour or two if you have nothing better to do.

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