Walking down the Ruta 40 side road lined with metal warehouses, it鈥檚 hard to believe one of these could be home to Museo Arqueol贸gico Profesor Mariano Gambier. This unrefined building doesn鈥檛 reveal the great riches displayed within. The eight galleries cover over 10,000 years if indigenous history if the San Juan area. Highlights include a dozen mummies (some over 7 millennia old), beautifully preserved textiles and baskets, petroglyphs, and bronze and gold metalwork of the Angualasto Culture. The museum also discusses the irrigation canals in the region, and trade routes with indigenous nations on the Chilean side of the Andes.
Ruta 40 (east side road, between Progreso amd Calle 5)
Catch city bus (colectivo) 49 or 50 from Mitre, between Caseros and Alberastain (every 20 min, 0.5 hr, $0.50); tell driver you want off for the Museo Arqueol贸gico. When let off, walk 500 meters (0.3 mi) down the Ruta Nacional 40 side road.
Explanations are written in Spanish and English. Recorded guides are available in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
The museum is also a research center.
Adults $1.50, children under 10 years old free.
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; weekends, holidays: March-November 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; December-March 10 .m.-6 p.m.
Days Closed:Closed May 1, Christmas-New Year鈥檚 holidays
Travel Skills: None
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Visit the city鈥檚 other museums. Make a day trip down to the wineries in Pocitos, through the Zonda canyon, to Difunta Correa鈥檚 shrine. Spend another day soaking in the La Laja hot springs.
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