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The Museum

Welcome to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, emblem of the national museums’ system of the National Ministry of Culture. Of its several characteristics, there are three that make it unique: First, its extraordinary artistic heritage, which makes it the largest public collection in Latin America. Among its more than 12,000 pieces, two collections stand out: the collection of nineteenth-century European art, considered the most important in the region, and the collection of Argentine art, beyond any doubt the most valuable of its kind worldwide.

​Walking along the 24 exhibition halls of the ground floor, visitors will encounter sculptures by Barrias and Rodin, paintings by El Greco and Rembrandt, the magnificent Goya´s room, and the most important Latin American collection of impressionists and post-impressionism, from Manet to Sorolla, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Degas. Towards the end of the tour, the visitor will find a selection of works by Argentinean masters:  Pueyrredón, Sívori, Della Valle, de la Cárcova and the fantastic works by Cándido López, among many others. 

The first floor is devoted to the art of the 20th century, most to Argentinean and Latin American art, but international art, too. Its exhibition rooms bring together several avant-garde masters from the beginning of the century such as Klee, Kandinsky, De Chirico, Carra, Modigliani, Picasso and Léger. Also, works by Rafael Barradas, Xul Solar, Pedro Figari, Joaquín Torres García, Emilio Pettoruti and Alicia Penalba. Post-war trends are represented by artists such as Nicholson, Fontana, Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Rothko, Pollock, Nevelson, Fautrier, Kemble, Sakai, Testa and Greco. Works by Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc and Martha Boto cover Argentine optical and kinetic art.  Argentine art from 1960 to 1980 is exposed through works by Ernesto Deira, Jorge de la Vega, Rómulo Macció, Luis Felipe Noé, Antonio Saura, Carlos Alonso, Antonio Seguí, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Edgardo Giménez and Marta Minujin, among others.

A second feature of the museum that should be pointed out is its top-level staff. It is characterized not only for its Excellency and professionalism, but also for the passion and the thrust with which they undertake their different tasks, from the restoration and conservation of the works and their staging, to the maintenance and care of the historic building.

​Finally, it should be emphasized once again that this is a National Museum and as such, it belongs to the community and admission is free. This freedom to enjoy art benefits those who love the works and form our most frequent visitors, those who perhaps visit only once as a unique experience and especially, those who have not yet approached. We welcome all of you to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. 



  • Last admission to the museum is at 8pm
  • It is permitted to take pictures without flash or a tripod
  • The museum provides free wheelchairs to borrow
  • A book for complaints and suggestions can be found at the information desk
  • Moderate the volume of your voice and keep your mobile phone on 'silent'
  • Entry to the galleries is allowed with backpacks, suitcases and bags smaller than 40x40 cm.
  • Smoking is prohibited throughout the museum
  • You cannot enter the museum with sharp objects
  • It is forbidden to touch the works except for during special visits when indicated
  • You cannot enter the museum with food or drink
  • Leave umbrellas in the cloakroom.