5 Museums You Need to Check Out in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires isn’t typically known for its museums, so if you are only in town for a few days, it’s totally ok to skip them. However, if you do enjoy art museums, Buenos Aires is home to a few that are definitely worth seeing. These museums are free for students every Wednesday, so if you are looking for a free and fun activity, be sure to check out our favorite museums in the city.


Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

Located in a beautiful area of Palermo, this is probably the first art museum you should visit. The permanent collection has works from famous artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Antonio Berni, and Fernando Botero. They also have exhibitions that change throughout the year. Students are offered a great discount and with identification can pay just 30 Argentine pesos for admission. You can expect to spend 1-2 hours in the museum and then stop for a delicious lunch in the Italian restaurant, Marcelo, inside the museum.

Bellas Artes

This museum is always free! It’s located right near the UBA Law School building, so if you are passing by you might as well stop in. This museum houses the older paintings and sculptures that you are used to finding throughout Europe.

Evita Museum

You should absolutely visit this museum to learn more about Eva Perón and her place in Argentine culture. The museum is located just a short walk from the zoo and botanical gardens, so you can spend a few hours in the museum and then explore the general area. At the Evita Museum, we recommend taking a guided tour offered in English to get the full experience. The museum is located in what used to be a private residence and the grounds are amazing.


If you like contemporary art, then a visit to the MACBA is a must. It’s located in the San Telmo barrio, one of the oldest barrios in Buenos Aires. It’s in a new concrete building and there are three stories for you to visit. 


This museum shows modern works by both Argentine and international artists from the mid-20th century and onward. It is located right next door to the MACBA. Also, this museum is a five minute walk from the flea market that is always open on Sundays in San Telmo. So, plan to spend a Sunday viewing art and checking out the flea market.