Opened in 1856, Solís Theatre is a longtime cultural touchstone in Uruguay. Visit the theater to see opera, ballet, theater, and classical music performances. Even if you don't attend a show, stopping by to view the neoclassical building, designed by Italian architect Carlo Zucchi, is a must-do in Montevideo.
To get an overview of Solís Theatre, book a walking tour of Montevideo, especially one focused on the Ciudad Viejo (Old Town), which usually includes a stop at the theater. For a closer look inside without a ticket to a performance, join a guided tour of the theater. Tours of Solís Theatre provide historical and architectural background while taking you behind the scenes to see rooms and spaces, including the main stage.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Solís Theatre is a must-visit for those interested in the performing arts and architecture.
- Tours are run in several languages, including Spanish and English.
- The theater has a capacity of 1,500.
- The theater is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Solís Theatre is located in the center of Montevideo on Plaza Independencia. It’s within walking distance of most centrally located hotels and attractions, including Salvo Palace. The ferry terminal is less than 1 mile (1.4 kilometers), or about a 20-minute walk, and Buenos Aires bus station is less than a block away.
When to Get There
Check the theater’s website for up-to-date information on performance times. Guided tours typically run in the late morning and late afternoon, Tuesday through Sunday. Tours usually last two hours.
While on Montevideo's largest downtown plaza, check out landmarks such as the statue of independence hero José Artigas, after whom the plaza is named, and the Mausoleo de Artigas, where Artigas is interred. Other notable structures include the stone Puerta de la Ciudadela (Gateway of the Citadel), one of the last remaining sections of wall that surrounded the oldest part of the city, and Palacio Salvo, once the continent’s tallest building and still a Montevideo landmark.