5 unmissable museums in Salta
- Published: Tuesday, 22 March 2016 11:55
The city of Salta has always been known for its unique architectural and cultural heritage, and is therefore known as “Salta the Beautiful”. There are several museums that are worth visiting in the centre and the surroundings, exhibiting a wide range of patrimony going back to the prehispanic period.
Join us in a virtual tour around the top 5 museums you cannot miss when you visit Salta!
HISTORICAL MUSEUM OF THE NORTH - EL CABILDO
Right in front of the main square and inside one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Cabildos (the old government house) in the country, you will find one of the best museums in the city. The building itself is a National Monument since 1949 when it opened as a museum.
Its two floors and nine rooms are a great place to discover the history of Salta and the region, starting with the first peoples who settled in the area, the Inca and Spanish periods, all the way to the 20th century.
The collection gathers important archaeological items, paintings, furniture, religious art, coins and medals and a yard full of old cars and chariots used as transportation in the XIX and XX century. It is a great way to learn more about the way people lived in the past.
M.A.A.M. - HIGH ALTITUDE ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM
This museum is located right in front of the main square inside an 19th century Spanish building and houses the three frozen “Llullaillaco kids”, one of the biggest archaeological discoveries of the last decades. It is one of the most visited museums in the city and even the main reason for some people to visit Salta. A very modern and top class museum specifically built to preserve the three bodies and multiple objects found in the 1999 expedition. It is an ideal way to learn more about the Inca and Andean worlds.
PAJCHA - AMERICAN ETHNIC ART MUSEUM
A few blocks away from the centre (20 de Febrero 831) you will find an excellent private museum. Inside Pajcha, it is possible to see a huge collection of works of art by plenty of peoples from all over Centre and South America. A journey covering thousands of kilometers across the Quechua, Inca, Wichi, Mapuche, Chorote worlds, among many other cultures that allow us to enjoy their cultural and artistic richness and, at the same time, compare it with contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries.
PROVINCIAL FINE ARTS MUSEUM
This priceless French-styled building is located in the intersection of Belgrano and Sarmiento avenues. The “Usandivaras House” has been home of this museum since 2008 after years in both the current MAAM building and the Cabildo’s lower floor.
The collection includes several artworks by Saltenian and Argentinian artists and a space dedicated to the prehispanic art that has always influenced local artists.
CITY MUSEUM - HERNANDEZ’ HOUSE
Located on the corner of La Florida and Alvarado, this old colonial house opened as a museum in 1988 to exhibit antique pieces that allow us to think about the kind of life people had in the 19th and 20th century in Salta. The exhibition includes old musical instruments, historical documents, a library and a photo collection.