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“A 'must see' in Salta”

Museo Pajcha Arte Etnico
Ranked #17 of 114 things to do in Salta
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London
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A 'must see' in Salta”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

As previous reviewers have mentioned, it's the quality of the pieces in this collection that are the reason to visit. I'm writing this a few weeks after having stayed in Salta and since visiting Pajcha i've been to other museums of ethnic art in Argentina and Chile but they haven't compared to what you can see here - both in terms of quality and diversity. Diego is a fantastic guide and will point out particularly interesting pieces, he obviously has a real passion for sharing his knowledge and his enthusiasm makes it an even more enjoyable visit. My recommendation is to arrive either when it first opens in the morning or straight after the lunch break as despite it being a small museum you'll want to look at everything they have in great detail!

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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124 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“What a collection!”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

A really wonderful small museum, jam packed with an amazing collection. Deigo was a fantastic and knowledgeable guide. Definitely recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Stowe, Vermont
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“small museum packs a powerful punch with eclectic collection of South American artifacts”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Diego, the very busy docent, meets you at the door and his enthusiasm is contagious. Watch him switch between several languages as he tries to keep each visitor engaged in the collection. Such a small physical space but filled with such an interesting mix of South American cultural and art history. Allow 2 hours to soak up the nuances of the varied collections. It was a highlight for us.

Visited April 2013
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Athens, Greece
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A must of Salta”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

A ten minute walk from the centre of Salta, the Pajcha Museum is a must for all those interested in South American art and culture. Even though the museum is small I spent a long time admiring the artifacts and learning more about the fascinating cultural history of the countries.
Diego, the guide makes you share his passion for the collection. Impressive also were the books the museum has published .

Visited March 2013
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Takoma Park, MD
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“Interesting little museum could be even better”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

This two room museum displays the impressive collection of a single person. Diego, the docent, is very enthusiastic, friendly, and proud of the collection. The museum has an eclectic mix of tribal artifacts and art that is either hundreds of years old or contemporary. Apparently, one of the goals is to show the relationships.

While I enjoyed all of the interesting items, and hearing Diego's explanations, the information display could use a little improvement. The items have captions in Spanish only. Sheets of paper with English info are on music stands at various places,but sometimes the info on the piece of paper was not very close to the artifacts and it was a little confusing to follow. It would be great if all the captions next to the items were also in English. The logic of some of the groupings could sometimes be made a little a little clearer too.

Overall, I really enjoyed the museum and would recommend a visit. The fee is $8US (including docent)

Visited April 2013
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