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Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison) Tours

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Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison)
The Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison) isn’t just a museum. It’s four walls hold the history of Ushuaia, as its inmates literally built the city streets and public buildings. It had Tierra del Fuego’s first printing press, telephone, and electricity, too.

For the most part, its inmates were a surly bunch, made up of serial offenders that Buenos Aires police wanted to ship out and never see again. There were also political prisoners, sent to the end of the world where their ideals would be ignored. But rumors also claim that Carlos Gardel – the most prominent voice in Tango – also spent a stretch in this bleak outpost.

Today, the Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison) building houses several different museums, but two wings of the building are dedicated to the incarcerated history. One wing has been left as is, so it takes visitors into the past by showing both the living conditions and cramped quarters that found 800 prisoners living in 360 cells. The second wing of the prison museum houses restored furniture, mannequins, and stories of the inmates’ pasts. 

The old prison building also houses the Maritime and Antarctic Museums, and the Maritime Art Gallery. 

Practical Info

The old prison of Ushuaia is located at the intersection of Yaganes y Gobernador Paz. From April to October, it’s open 10AM to 8PM. From November to March, it’s open 9AM to 8PM. Admission currently costs $120 pesos for an individual or $250 pesos for a family, but includes access to the Maritime, Antarctic, and Old Prison Museums and art gallery.
Address: Yaganes y Gobernador Paz, Ushuaia, Argentina
Hours: April-Oct 10AM to 8PM Nov-March 9AM to 8PM
Admission: $120 pesos
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Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison) hours of operation: April-Oct 10AM to 8PM Nov-March 9AM to 8PM. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

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