San Telmo is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is part of the history of the city and retains much of its rich architectural heritage. In the seventeenth century, the livelihoods of the first settlers revolved around the port, which is why they chose San Pedro Gonzalez Telmo, patron saint of sailors, as the name of the neighborhood.
The Fair of Old Things and Antiques of San Pedro Telmo opens every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Defensa Street. The Fair receives about 20 thousand visitors per Sunday, among which a high percentage are tourists from all over the world. Over the years, shopkeepers have been able to develop a true classification of tourists, according to the profile of their purchases: thus, instead of looking at who they buy, they can establish where a tourist is, just by seeing what they buy. The French, elegant by nature, prefer bijou or glasses; The Brazilians – cheerful and flashy – lean toward metals and colored objects; The Italians, the ancient jewels, and the Spaniards, faithful to their past, choose the shawls, the fans and the paintings, brought to the country by their own grandparents.
1.Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires
The historical avant-garde of art are represented in the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires. This museum has more than 7000 works by Argentine and international artists. It boasts works by Argentinean artists from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s and has an important collection of the most renowned international artists, such as the Spanish Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, or the Frenchman Henri Matisse, among others. It also offers traveling exhibitions and has a library with documentation of local and foreign artists.
The museum was created in 1956, on the initiative of the critic Rafael Squirru and reopened on December 23, 2010, after the refurbishment and establishment of its headquarters. This building, a faithful exponent of the English constructions of the industrial era of the nineteenth century, with its iron structure, large openings, and its exposed brick facade, was a deposit of the tobacco company Nobleza Piccardo. Later, in 1980, it was acquired by the Municipality of the City of Buenos Aires and in 1989 the headquarters of the Museum of Modern Art was moved here, that until then had worked in the General San Martin Theater.
Address AV. SAN JUAN 350 Phone 4361 6919 [email protected] Web www.museos.buenosaires.gob.ar/mam.htm Opens Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. CLOSED MONDAY. General admission $ 30. TUESDAY FREE.
2. National Historical Museum
The National Historical Museum has managed to gather a wide objects variety that allows us to approach different moments of the history of our country. The collection includes engravings, lithographs, paintings, religious images and sculptures, flags, standards, weapons and uniforms of the wars of Independence; Furniture, clocks, sheet music, musical instruments and dinnerware from the traditional families of the 19th century; Memories of the celebration of the Centenary of the May Revolution, reliquaries and miniatures, daguerreotypes, photos and postcards; Implements, ponchos, silver objects and gaucho garments. In the Museum you can also visit the reproduction of the bedroom of José de San Martín in Boulogne-Sur-Mer (France), set with original objects according to the sketch sent by his granddaughter Josefa Balcarce.
Address DEFENSA 1600 Telephone 4307 4457/3157 E-mail [email protected]historiconacional.cultura.gob.ar Wednesday to Sundays and holidays from 11 to 18hs Free admission