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Evita Museum - Museum Buenos Aires - Argentina

Eva “Evita” Duarte Perón, one of the most important women in Argentina’s history and forever immortalized on stage and in film, has her own museum in Buenos Aires—Museo Evita. Built by the Carabassa family in the 1900s, the building originally served as a petit hotel. The original French architecture was later remodeled to incorporate Spanish and Italian Renaissance features, popular in the 1920s. Eventually, the house was purchased by the Eva Perón Social Aid Foundation and the museum was inaugurated in July 26, 2002, on the 50th anniversary of Eva’s death.

Housing an assortment of film clips, pictures, speech recordings, and personal artifacts, the museum is a reverential shrine that pays homage to the late Mrs.Perón. Thirteen permanent exhibition rooms and one temporary display room trace the life of Eva, from her childhood through her youth as an actress, and then her most famous roles as social activist and the First Lady to Argentina president Juan Perón.

As figurehead to the Eva Perón Foundation, Eva Perón initiated countless crusades for social justice and equality. Impressive exhibits outline her relentless fight for causes including female civil rights and orphanages. She led the foundation until her resignation and death, when she was only in her early 30s; her body was kidnapped, interred in Italy, and finally returned to Argentina. For those lacking in Spanish skills, handy cards provide translations of the film clips in English. The museum showcases the macabre events that followed her untimely death. Perhaps the most bizarre piece in the collection is a replica of the original death mask featured in the memorial commissioned by her husband.

Not far away in Recoleta Cemetery you can join the daily procession of people who make the pilgrimage to the polished black granite Duarte family vault where Evita is interred. It is never without flowers left by her faithful admirers. To complete the homage to Eva,visit Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo Square, gaze at the balcony, and imagine the square packed with throngs of adoring worshipers listening, and crying, as she gave her farewell speech, “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” Before visiting Argentina, travelers should consider watching the 1997 film, Evita, in which Madonna played Evita, so they can compare the Hollywood version with the more factual Argentine version.

Location:
Lafinur 2988
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum

Contact Information:
Phone: 54 11 4807 0306
E-mail: contacto(at)remove-this.museoevita.org
URL: www.museoevita.org/



Here are other activities in and around Palermo that may be of interest: Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Malba: Colleciòn Constantini, Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo and Museo De Arte Popular José Hernández.








26 Feb 2009




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