Founded in 1892 and moved to Tigre in the 1940s as the collection grew, Buenos Aires’ National Naval Museum (Museo Naval de la Nacion) occupies a former maritime workshop on the banks of the Luján River.
The collection of some 4,000 pieces, divided among six different rooms, tells the story of Argentina’s maritime and naval history through scale models, maritime art, navigational charts, weaponry, biological specimens, nautical instruments, uniforms and personal items. A fascinating highlight includes miniature recreations of living spaces aboard various ships. Aviation buffs will appreciate the retired planes now displayed on the grounds, including that of a North American AT-6 “Texan” from 1939.
The informational displays within the museum are only in Spanish, so it might be a good idea to bring along a Spanish-English dictionary or translation app.