OK, you've seen Madonna in the movie. You've sung and danced to "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina." You've even put on a blond wig and tailored suit for Halloween. But you have only a vague notion of why Evita is so venerated by los porteños. And here you are in Buenos Aires, and there is no better place to learn - so you MUST go to this museum. I was half-expecting it to be cheesy, with a gift shop carrying Evita oven mitts and Madonna soundtracks, but it's well worth at least an hour of your time. The museum is well-organized, and the chronological flow through her short life is easy to follow. You learn about her childhood, her B-actress years, her political life, and her death, and you get to see a lot of her glamorous clothes and watch an old film and hear her rallying hordes of cheering people. By the end you understand a little better why she is now on the 100 peso note without ever having held elective office.
Get the English audio tour if you don't speak Spanish, or you won't know what's going on. (Another reviewer mentioned there is some English, but I don't recall seeing it, possibly because i was focusing on the Spanish.) I'm not fluent at all, but I studied it in high school eons ago, reviewed it for a few months before travelling, and can get by in basic conversation...so I skipped the audio to force myself to read everything and got quite a bit out of it. It also helps if you read a bit about Evita, at least the inevitable guidebook section, before your trip.
Treat yourself and have lunch or at least a refreshment in the wonderful cafe at the end, sitting outside if it's a nice day. The food is great, and the service is friendly and good (albeit not fast, which is normal for BA). There you can reflect on Evita's pervasive influence, decades after her death, and how she brought power to the people and to women as a force in the country.
Don't miss it.
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