Located in Plaza Independencia, Teatro Solis is Uruguay’s oldest theater. Looking at the architecture of the facade and interior, you’ll be immersed in old-world splendor and elegance, as the building has been restored to its original style. It was built in 1856, and is currently owned by the government of Montevideo. At the theater, you’ll be able to take a tour with an English-speaking guide and go behind the scenes, with performers often dropping in to belt out show tunes. Additionally, on certain days, you’ll have the chance to attend a live performance. It’s a great stop to make, not only because of its beauty, but also because it’s a lesson in culture, as the theater holds extreme importance to the local people.
Admission costs about $1.80. Tours run on Tuesday and Thursdays at 4 p.m., and on Fridays and Sundays at 11 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. Saturday tours run at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. On Wednesdays, there are free Spanish-speaking tours at 11 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. While a tour is recommended, you’ll still be able to explore certain parts of the museum without one.