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Francisco P. Moreno Museum

 Estimated reading time: 3 min. Texts Marcos Rodriguez   Photos Mario Ptasik
Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia

A clear and accurate way of learning about the various cultural and historical processes undergone by Patagonia.

Francisco P. Moreno Museum is housed by the East wing of the Civic Center in the City of Bariloche and it was inaugurated on March, 17, 1940, as a tribute to one of the greatest men who toured around the Andes and Patagonia in general and donated the lands for the first national park in Argentina to the National Executive Branch of government.

The National Parks Administration purchased the first anthropological and historical collection displayed in the venue from the former first head of the Francisco P. Moreno Museum, Mr. Enrique Amadeo Artayeta.

The museum includes one hall for temporary shows and an auditorium where visitors may find further information about the museum. Besides, there is a laboratory where museographic alternatives are researched. The latter grants more dynamics to the institution and summons new visitors.
Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia
The museum is divided into four theme rooms and each of them features a very complete collection of the material contained in the venue:

1- Natural Science:

This hall displays an interesting collection of animal species from Patagonia and a paleontological and geological sample of the region.
Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia
2- Prehistory:

Several material expressions regarding the cultural development of Patagonia are concentrated here. It contains record of the real presence of man in Santa Cruz ever since 13 thousand years ago. Besides, various cave painting expressions which combine the magic and the religious elements may be appreciated in this section. There are quite a few instruments made by the Tehuelche ancestors and others corresponding to the Mapuches.

3 - Ethnography:

Four ethnic groups have been identified to have dwelled and made up the region known as Patagonia. Each of them featured their own cultural characteristics: Tehuelches, Pehuenches, Mapuches or Araucanos, Yamanas or Yaganes.
Francisco P. Moreno Museum of Patagonia
4- Regional History:

This hall gathers all the material reflecting the existence of the long and cruel Conquest of the Desert, which gave origin to the disarticulation, modification and, later on, disappearance of the various native ethnic groups by virtue of economic and material interests.
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Tuesdays thru Fridays from 10.00am to 12.30pm and from 2.00pm to 7.00pm
Saturdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm
in order to understand the venue more accurately, we recommend that you visit the museum in the company of a guide. Ask about schedules.
De la Patagonia Francisco P. Moreno
Centro Cívico (8400) San Carlos de Bariloche - Río Negro - Argentina
Tel: +54 294 442-2309  
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