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Interesting things to do for free in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires offers many interesting cultural activities to do for free. Here are only a handful of them.

Free concerts

You can catch these concerts while you’re out and about.

Live music, mainly tango and contemporary, at the Carlos Morel Hall at Teatro San Martin. Fridays and Saturdays at 7. Avenida Corrientes 1530.

Music at midday at the Carlos Morel Hall at Teatro San Martin (recordings). Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 to 2 pm. Avenida Corrientes 1530.

Midday live music at Teatro Gran Rex. Every weekday at 1 pm. Avenida Corrientes 857.

Museums

Some museums take a couple of hours of your time and some, maybe half.

Museo del Bicentenario. Avenida Paseo Colon 100 (just behind the Government House). Winter hours (March 21 to September 20) 10 am to 6 pm. Summer hours (September 21 to March 20) 11 am to 7 pm.  The museum is housed in the remains of the old Buenos Aires Fort from the 18th century and the Customs Building –known as Aduana Taylor- built in 1855. Both buildings have played a crucial role in our history. The museum covers the last two centuries of Argentinean political history.

Remains of the Fort of Buenos Aires at Museo del Bicentenario

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Avenida del Libertador 1473. Tuesdays through Fridays 12.30 am to 8.30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9.30 am to 8.30 pm, closes on Mondays. It’s the most important art museum in the country. Its permanent collection comprises works from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, modern art, Argentinean art and much more.

Biblioteca Nacional (National Library). Agüero 2502. Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 am to 7 pm. The Sala del Tesoro (where rare books, etc can be seen) is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm. A wealth of Argentinean and world culture and literature is housed here.

Museo del Libro y de la Lengua (The Book and Language Museum) Avenida Las Heras 2555.  Tuesdays through Sundays from 2 pm to 7 pm.   This museum is devoted to the variation of Spanish language spoken in Argentina.

Recoleta Cemetery. Junin 1760. This historic cemetery is like an open-air history and art museum.

Museo del Agua y la Historia Sanitaria (Sanitation Museum) Riobamba 750. Monday through Friday from 9 to 1.  The collection consists of terracotta ornaments, pipes, meters, taps, historic documents like a bill dating from 1915 for emptying a cart with sewage and toilets!

Check out the free guided tours around the city organized every month by the local council here (in English).

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About Ana O

Hi, I'm Ana. I'm originally from Argentina but I'm currently living in Dallas (USA) with my British husband. I'd like to share my experiences as an expat and as a traveller.

6 thoughts on “Interesting things to do for free in Buenos Aires

  1. I really must go back to Buenos Aires soon! The only thing I’ve done here is amble about at Recoleta – amble about the entire town, really. Hardly ventured inside except to sleep – it was May then, and the weather was just right. Great stuff!

  2. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve yet to visit a single museum in Buenos Aires. 🙁 Which would you recommend as a must-see from your list?

    1. It depends on how much spare time you have. If you have time for one museum, I’d probably go to the Bellas Artes. Or Recoleta, if you’re into history (and not impressionable haha!)

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