Evita, Buenos Aires

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    Santa Evita: Museo Evita

    by ellielou Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    love her, hate her, sing showtunes about her

    It's probably difficult for most people to go to Buenos Aires and NOT to think of Evita. (And there was no singing from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical....)

    The Museo Evita is exactly what you'd expect: a lovely building, and basically a hagiology of the life of Eva Duarte Peron. It is, however, in a great building, the multimedia parts of the museum are well done, and there's an incredibly chilling video concerning what happened to Evita's body after her death.

    It's also a fairly good place to get a gift or two for the Evita fan on your list.

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    MUSEO EVITA

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Entrance to Museo Evita on Lafinur

    This new museum, located in a former temporary home for women in need run by the Fundacion Eva Peron, has yet to make it into many of the guidebooks, but with time, it has potential to attract visitors galore. The building is a beautiful and dates to the early 20th century – extensively remodeled in 1923. It was purchase by Fundacion Eva Peron in 1948 as Temporary House #2. Touring the museum you can gain an insight into this very dynamic Argentine woman – each room devoted to a chapter of her life, from beginnings to death and beyond. Even without the incredibly successful shows by Andrew Lloyd Webber and movie adaptation by Allan Parkes, Evita was one of the most important personages in Argentine history. In her short run at the side of Juan Peron, she was able to bring the vote to women, establish social foundations desperately lacking in Argentina, solidify political support for her husband and do everything with a grace and style seldom seen on this scale. She was also a great polarizer within this polarized world – her enemies, both the landowning oligarchs among whom she is buried with in la Recoleta and the Army – at least, those not directly supporting her husband – despised her in levels that are really only hinted at in both the musical/movie and here also at the museum. Evita was certainly much more than a song or movie – though that is how most foreigners know her. Admire or despise her – she was not a topic of discussion during much of the dark 30-year military rule that followed the overthrow of Peron in 1955. She is by far the most important woman in Argentine history and probably the most charismatic of all. You can begin understanding he better here at this museum.

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    Palermo - Museo Evita

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    Not far from the Jardin Botanico, the museum presents Evita's life and the social work she had done. The museum is housed in the former building of Evita's Social Aid Foundation and the building was an emergency home for homeless families. The museum has some amazing pieces including the dresses she wore in high society. There are excellent videos of her being involved in the social work; when she went on her "Rainbow Tour" of Europe and scenes in the city after her death. It was felt the museum was partial to Evita and did not really refer to the political and personal controversaries she was involved with during her life. However, I highly recommended it for getting a further insight to Evita's life.

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    All Things Evita

    by jakelorenzo Updated Apr 24, 2009

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    The Museo Evita is a loving and educational tribute to Evita Peron. It is well done, mixing modern audio-visual projections with actual artifacts, documents, clothing, etc. from Evita and her life. There are English translations of each portion of the exhibit. You learn about Evita's great contributions to the sufragette movement in Argentina and to her dedication to the poor. Her activist work on behalf of education, peace and health is well documented as are her tragic illness, early death and excrutiating burial tribulations. After visiting Museo Evita, you'll want to learn more about her and Argentina. You can't ask much more than that from a museum.

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    Evita tour

    by Marthamaire Written Mar 31, 2009

    I was on my own for over a week in the capital city. Most of the time I went places by myself, but I did take the so-called "Evita Tour" - a day tour for those interested in the life and times of Eva Peron. This tour does not include a stop at the Eva Peron Museum, so if you went there on your own already, don't worry - it will not be repeated. This tour only had seven people on it and according to the guide, this is fairly standard. While most tourists are going on the "Gaucho Tour" where you are served unlimited amounts of beer and wine, those of us interested in more serious things, hit the Evita tour. Included is a stop at the Peron Institute where you will see very fine historical film footage of Evita and Peron. The staff at this Institute are serious academics and they are more than willing to communicate with you via email when you return home. Some of the stops on the tour are: the famous balcony where she made her numerous speeches to the people; the house Peron lived in prior to his marriage to Eva; the place they met; the building that housed her Foundation and where, after her death, an embalmer worked an incredible two years to embalm her! One of the last stops was at the only statue of Evita in the entire City.
    There are numerous books available in different languages at the Peron Institute so if you love history or photography, check them out.

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    Museo Evita

    by barryg23 Updated Mar 3, 2009

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    If you´re interested in learning about the life of Eva Peron, Argentina`s most well known lady, the Evita Museum is worth a visit. The museum is housed in Palermo, in a building that the Juan Peron government bought while in power, and it contains some of Evita`s personal possessions as well as TV and film footage of the lady and information about her life.

    The museum did seem a little too uncritical of an obviously controversial politician, who polarised public opinion in her lifetime, but overall there was enough information to make it worth a visit. There was no sign of the musical or film in the gift shop though - perhaps it wasn´t so well received in Argentina. The museum is far more expansive than other BA museums, though I think there is a special, two-tier pricing system with non-Argentineans paying more.

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    Museo Evita

    by Tom_In_Madison Updated May 28, 2007

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    A somewhat thorough museum near the zoo and gardens in BA.

    It covers her childhood briefly, and her life as an actress with videos of her work. Covers her life with Peron of course, and a lot about her marriage, trip to Europe.

    Separate rooms for the vote, her foundation, her illness and some temporary exhibits.

    One thing I liked about this museum is it would show her in a photo, then it would have the exact dress, hat, shoes, etc.. that she was wearing in the photo right there.

    It also has a little cafe for snacks, and a place to buy some Evita books, souvenirs, etc..

    Open 1-7pm winter
    11am - 7pm summer (Nov - april)

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    Evita Museum

    by mrtourne Written Sep 21, 2005

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    If you want to get a good overview of Evita, the new Museo Evita is actually pretty interesting. Located in the Palermo neighborhood (about a block off Avenida Las Heras, across the Botanical gardens, on Lafinur), the site was one of the many houses that the peronist government expropriated from well-to-do families and turned into homes managed by the Fundacion Evita (in this case, a single mothers' home)

    While some of the exhibits tends towards the adulation (especially the piping of speeches in some rooms through the sound system), there are enough artifacts around that show the other side as well (including some of the infamous reading manuals for first graders saying "I love Evita" replacing the traditional "I love my mom" phrases). The various exhibits track her childhood, her acting days and her rise to power, as well as some of the work done by her Foundation (it's interesting to see how her name made it onto everything that was handed out to the needy, so as to remind them where it came from) There's also some remainders of the activity of the house as a single mother's home (the kitchen for example), plus a number of newsreels that are played and show the demonstrations, speeches, etc. and give you a feel for the time.

    Closed Mondays, only opens in the afternoons (from 2 to 7:30 PM Tuesday through Sunday) so plan accordingly. Entrance fee is $2 for Buenos Aires residents and $5 for tourists.

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    Plaza de Mayo

    by Skibbe Written Jun 29, 2008
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    This is the center of the city and a good place to start a visit. You can easily imagine Evita (or Madonna) out on the balcony of the Casa Rosada.

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