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Noche de los Museos 2008

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We’re back. After a very long hiatus, mostly due to vacationing (check out my photos of Hawaii), somewhat due to work, and greatly due to my holding my breath until Obama got elected, we’re back to blogging. And it’s just in time really. My favorite night of the year is coming up. La Noche de los Museos (The Night of the Museums).

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That’s right, this Saturday, Nov. 15, the museums of Buenos Aires (and many other cities around the world, will be open from 7:00 pm – 2:00 am. It’s not just that visiting a museum after dark is fun, nor is it just that the museums are all free, nor is it that the city designates certain bus routes devoted to getting you from one museum to another, nor is it that the buses are also free. No, it’s that there’s champagne and music and dance and theater and really cool people and, of course, amazing art. Talk about a little slice of heaven.

So, how does it work? Well, you need a plan. There are 120 museums and galleries participating this year, so choose which ones you want to go to based somewhat on their vicinity to one another. If you’re familiar with the major museums, try those in places like Barracas, Boedo, Mataderos, or Caballito. There’s a list of possible itineraries to consider on the website.

How does one get around? Well, the city has doubled the number of buses running on the following lines: 29, 64, 78, 80, 87, 92, 100, 111, 127, 130, and 134. But make sure you print out your pass (Pase Libre) and carry it with you for free transport on these bus lines from 6:00 pm – 3:00 am.

My personal advice is to steer clear of the big guys like MALBA. There are too many people so you’ll spend the whole night waiting in line just to get in. Plus, the MALBA is free on Wednesdays anyway. Find an area with several smaller museums close enough to walk from one to the other. Then take a bus to another area that also has several museums you haven’t visited. Go with some friends and wear comfortable shoes.

P.S. La Noche de los Museos actually marks the beginning of my second year in Buenos Aires and the anniversary of the night I met the other two members of the San Telmo Loft trio, Natalia and Gonzalo. Two years ago, I met Naty and Gonzalo through a friend. They invited me to join them that night. We started at the Fragata Sarmiento in Puerto Madero. And many blisters later we ended up eating an asado in Belgrano after having visited the Casa de Yrurtia and Museo de Arte Español Enrique Larreta. We saw a live rock band, live tango dancers, a theater performance, a ton of history, amazing architecture, fabulous pieces of art, and a good bit of the city along the way. Now that’s how I like to spend a Saturday night!

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  • santelmoloft

    November 12, 2008, 9:02 am Reply

    Well, we haven’t chosen the route yet. I think we’ll chose a museum or two that we’ve wanted to go to but haven’t yet seen and then we’ll mark on the map the others in the area (the ones we’ve never even heard of). To me, those are the great surprises. I like the small museums because a lot of them are in these amazing structures (like old family homes and such). I like to see the furniture, the decor, the molding around the ceilings and door frames, the details of their living environment and how art was a part of the lives. Guess that history degree really was the right one for me.

    I’ll give a report on the gems we find. You can add them to your list for when you come back.

    Chau chau!

  • Katie

    November 11, 2008, 11:07 pm Reply

    Welcome back! Museum Night sounds like a wonderful opportunity to absorb some of the cultural offerings of the city – for free no less. 😉 Since I’m nowhere near Argentina at the moment, I suppose I’ll have to live vicariously through you on this one. Which museums are you planning to visit?

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