When you want a break from the beach why not visit one of Montevideo’s museums? Often as beautiful outside as they are in, they’re a great way to dive deeper into the history and culture of this unique country. Whether you want to learn more about the military history of the area or have a desire to discover traditional Uruguayan art techniques, you’ll find it all within the city’s museums. Our guide brings you all the information on the four museums you absolutely can’t afford to miss out on.
Former residence of Uruguayan architect and alchemist Humberto Pittamiglio, this castle is a lasting legacy of his work. Explore the inside via a guided tour, where a local will teach you all about the construction and meaning behind the building as you discover unique-shaped rooms and labyrinth-like corridors. There’s also a restaurant and a performance space on offer, with a museum of alchemy currently under construction too.
Castillo Pittamiglio, Rambla Mahatma Gandhi 633, 11300 Montevideo, +598 2710 1089
Juan Manuel Blanes Museum
Inside this beautiful Palladian villa is a wealth of Uruguyan art from across the ages. Highlights include permenant exhibitions of work by Pedro Figari, Rafeal Barradas, José Cúneo and of course Juan Manuel Blanes himself. Admisson to the museum is free and the villa also has a great gift shop where you’ll be able to pick up some great souvenirs. The villa has a Japanese garden attached to it which you can explore when the weather is good.
Juan Manuel Blanes Museum, Av Millán 4015, 11700 Montevideo, +598 2336 2248
Fortaleza del Cerro
This fortress on top of Montevideo’s highest hill is home to the city’s military museum. Here you’ll find information on the Uruguyan army as well as further history on the fortress itself. There’s also a host of weapons on display including Krupp guns and swords as well as old military uniforms. When you’ve finished exploring the inside of the museum step outside and take in the beautiful view from the hill of the port below.
Fortaleza del Cerro, Av José Batlle y Ordóñez, 12800 Montevideo, +598 2313 5236
National Museum of Visual Arts
Housing the largest collection of Uruguayan artwork, you’ll find work by everyone from Maria Freire to Joaquin Torres Garcia here. First founded in 1911, this brightly coloured museum is located in the Parque Rodo quarter, and has grown hugely since it’s opening, expanding from a somewhat modest space into a huge museum with a large art library, several exhibition rooms and a large garden that features several sculptures.
National Museum of Visual Arts, Av Tomas Giribaldi 2283, 11300 Montevideo, +598 2711 6054