It is difficult to escape the face of Eva Perón in Buenos Aires. It seems as though Eva’s face is somewhere in every street corner, café, bookstore or street fair in Buenos Aires. Her role in Argentina’s history and the importance of her legacy can vary depending on whom you talk to. The Evita Museum is a great place to go to learn about the life of Eva Perón, as well as about the history of Argentina before and after her death.
The museum is located in a beautiful mansion first built in the 1900s as a home for an affluent Argentine family. In 1948, the home was bought by Eva’s foundation during her reign as first lady and converted to a temporary housing shelter for women and children. The building was declared a National Historical Monument in 1999 and the museum was inaugurated on July 26, 2002, exactly fifty years after Eva’s death.
The Evita Museum has thirteen rooms filled with artifacts and photos from Eva’s childhood in Buenos Aires Province, her career as an actress in Buenos Aires City and her life as a political figure as her husband, Juan Perón, served as President of Argentina. Visitors are able to marvel at Eva’s elaborate wardrobe as her First Lady dresses appear on manikins throughout the museum. All signage are in English and Spanish and there are English subtitles for all videos.
The Eva Perón National Institute of Historical Research is located in the same facility along with a café. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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