Patagonia, Argentina- a land filled with stunning glaciers and outdoor lovers has taken the initiative to teach visitors about the immense glaciers of Patagonia.
On Saturday, 15 January 2011, the Glaciarium, the first Glacier Museum in Argentina, opened its doors. Ideally situated in the town of El Calafate, Glaciarium will be one of the premiere museums dedicated to glaciology in the world. With state of the art facilities, modern architecture that reflects Patagonian style and a sleek new ice-bar, Glaciarium will be the perfect neighbor to El Calafate’s nearby Perito Moreno Glacier and great news for those looking for things to do in El Calafate.
The museum was designed to exemplify the nearby glaciers’ mountainous peaks and echoing caverns. In fact, as you walk through the museum, you will feel like you are passing through the heart of a glacier as you learn about different aspects of glaciology and marvel at the natural dioramas. Observe the Patagonian Ice Fields model and gaze upon the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. In particular, the exhibition halls are designed to “raise ecological awareness and climate change consciousness,” offering visitors a deeper understanding of the environmental and historical importance of glacier ecosystems.
According to Say Hueque’s Director of Marketing, “We are very excited about the opening of the new Glacier Museum. Every year thousands of international visitors experience the majesty of Perito Moreno Glacier…they walk along the scenic viewing trail, take a cruise on Lago Argentino to admire its towering ice walls, and the more adventurous even hike Perito Moreno Glacier on the incredible Big Ice Trek. This new museum will provide a great opportunity to learn about Argentina’s glaciers.”
The Glaciarium will be open year-round, charge a $70 pesos entry fee (approximately US $7) and expects to host over 350,000 tourists annually. Argentine tourism officials believe that the museum’s modern interpretation center and 3D movie theater will provide guests with an unparalleled experience. In addition, the museum will unveil the ultra-modern, “Glacio Bar” in February. Imagine ice walls and refreshing drinks served in ice-glasses…a perfect way to reflect upon the day’s adventure at Perito Moreno Glacier.