Buenos Aires


Av. Del Libertador 1473

Phone: 0054 11 4803 0802
Fax: 0054 11 4803 8817
Website: www.mnba.org.ar

Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes (MNBA)

The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) holds the most comprehensive collection of Argentine art in the country and one of the finest collections in Latin America. It is located in the former Casa de Bombas, a terra cotta building erected in 1933 that was once a pump station for the Buenos Aires water supply system and later renovated for use as a museum by the architect Alejandro Bustillo. It holds some 11,000 pieces of art in its 32 galleries.

The museum was inaugurated in its present location on the 23rd May 1933. Since that date it has been subjected to several additional renovations such as the addition of a pavilion to house temporary exhibitions in 1961. In 1980 a first floor gallery was inaugurated which at present exhibits the permanent collection of 20th century Argentine art. With the recent inauguration of the Pre-Colombian Andean Art Room reforms to the Argentine and continental art section have been concluded.

The museum’s ground floor is dedicated mainly to exhibiting collections of international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The museum also has an important library specialising in art with some 150,000 pieces, an art bookshop with up-to-date publications and a gift shop run by the Friends of the Museum Association which sells exhibition catalogues, reproductions of works and design souvenirs.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (28)

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Permanent Collection

The museum’s permanent collection contains the world's largest collection of Argentine sculptures and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. It also houses European art dating from the pre-Renaissance period to the present day. There are works by such outstanding artists as Picasso, Goya, Monet, Manet, Renoir, van Gogh, Rothko, Pollock, Antoni Berni, Benito Quinquela Martin, Fernando Fader, Lino Enea Spilimbergo and Antonio Seguí.

The second floor houses the museum’s photography collection.

For a complete list of the museum’s more than 686 works by artist or work please see:


La pintura española (1880-1930) en la colección del MNBA
19th September to 11th November 2007

Cayetano Arcidiacono. Still Life
October to December 2007

Previous Exhibitions

Prilidiano Pueyrredón, pintor de San Isidro
27th September to 22nd October 2007

Mario Giacomelli – Italia, 1925-2000
14th August to 29th September 2007

Las Artes de Alejandro Sirio (1890-1953)
1st August to 2nd September 2007

Primeros Modernos en Buenos Aires, del viaje a Europa a las exposiciones del Ateneo (1876 – 1896)
29th June to 2nd September 2007

LA CALLE en fotografías: La vida misma
6th June to 5th August 2007

El retrato, marco de identidad
23rd May to 3rd June 2007

Mirar, saber, dominar, imágenes de viajeros
23rd May to 22nd June 2007

Ricardo Garabito: Una retrospectiva
3rd May to 17th June 2007

Retratos y lugares. Obras de Rómulo Maccio
8th March to 22nd April 2007

José Manuel Ciria, la Epopeya de Gilgamesh
7th February to 18th March 2007

110 años, el museo en imágenes
14th December 2006 to 18th March 2007

Ernesto Deira – Retrospectiva
29th November 2006 to 18th February 2007

Lucía Pacenza desde el Sur
15th November 2006 to 11th March 2007

Exhibitions (18)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Tomas Maldonado. Un itinerario
30th November 2007 to 10th February 2008

Modelos de Ulm, el diseño de la nueva Alemania /1953-1968
30th November 2007 to 10th February 2008


Admission is free

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Fridays 12:30 to 19:30
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 09:30 to 19:30

Tuesdays to Fridays 12:30 to 19:30
Saturdays 10:30 to 15:30

Getting there

Av. Del Libertador 1473
Capital Federal
Buenos Aires

Tel: (+54) 11 4803 0802 /8814
Fax: (+54) 11 4803 8817
Email: museodebellasartes@velocom.com.ar


Audio guides are available in Spanish and English.

Open Tuesdays to Fridays 12:30 to 19:30 and Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 09:30 to 19:30

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Calendar of activities: http://www.mnba.org.ar/actividades.php?mes=10&anio=2007


By becoming a member of the Association of Friends of the National Museum of Fine Arts, you will not only help us preserve one of our country’s most valuable artistic treasures, but you will also play a leading role in helping develop our museum, the most important of its kind in South America.
As in most important capitals of the world, where civil society actively contributes to the development of its museums and cultural institutions, members of our Association collaborate with the maintenance of both the facilities and the collections. They also contribute to enriching our society’s artistic and cultural heritage through activities such as the donation of works of art and the organisation of courses, conferences, concerts, cultural trips, guided tours and publications.

For a list of fees and membership advantages: http://www.aamnba.com.ar/english/socio.asp

To register as an associate, sponsor, patron, benefactor, active or corporate member please fill out the inline form: