The Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Natural Sciences Museum), which depends from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (National University of La Plata), it is a MUST for everybody, not only for scientists, teachers and students. We went there "looking for" South American fossil mammals, but the whole collection is just amazing; it includes not only paleontology, but zoology, botany, anthropology and archaeology samples. Of course, the vedettes are the Dinosaurs, situated at the Paleontology rooms.
El Museo de Ciencias Naturales, que depende de la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, es una actividad OBLIGADA para todos, no sólo para científicos, docentes y estudiantes. Nosotros fuimos allí "en busca" de mamíferos fósiles sudamericanos, pero toda la colección es impresionante; no sólo incluye muestras de paleontología, sino también zoología, botánica, antropología y arqueología. Claro está, las vedettes son los dinosaurios, situados en las salas de Paleontología.
Address: Paseo del Bosque s/n
Phone: (0221) 425-7744
The Museum was built between 1884 and 1889, and it is a magnificent building of neoclassical style. The main stairway is custodied by two awesome Smilodon ("Sabertooth cats"), but I can assure you they are very tame... If you do not believe, look at the picture.
El Museo fue construido entre 1884 y 1889, y es un magnífico edificio de estilo neoclásico. La escalera principal está custodiada por dos imponentes Smilodon ("tigres diente de sable"), pero les puedo asegurar que son mansos... Si no me creen, miren la foto.
As I told you before, the building is just magnificent; the main hall has a circular shape, and has a beautiful skylight.
To visit the Museum you must pay an entrance fee of 3 Argentinian pesos (1 US $); if you want to take pictures inside, you must pay a bonus of 2 pesos. The ticket includes a brochure with a plan (which is very useful, because the Museum is nearly a labyrinth!!!)
Como dije antes, el edificio es simplemente magnífico; el vestíbulo central es de forma circular, y una hermosa claraboya.
Para visitar el Museo deben pagar una entrada de 3 pesos argentinos (1 dólar); si quieren tomar fotos en el interior, deberán pagar un plus de 2 pesos. El ticket incluye un folleto con un plano (¡lo cual es muy útil, porque el Museo es prácticamente un laberinto!!!)
The world toxodon means "curved tooth" (as everybody knows!). It is a South American notoungulata, herbivorous, 1 ton weight (the size of a rhinoceros), with a important nasal retraction (it probably had a trunk); it lived in the Tertiary Age, and died out at Pleistocene (10.000 years ago).
The first specimen was found by Charles Darwin in my country (Uruguay) in 1833; its skull was used in a ranch as a seat! In 1837 Owen described and named it.
This specimen was the first assembled Toxodon.
El término toxodon significa "diente curvo" (¡como todo el mundo sabe!). Se trata de un notoungulado sudamericano, herbívoro, de una tonelada de peso (el tamaño de un rinoceronte), con una importante retracción nasal (lo que indicaría la presencia de una trompa); vivió en la Era Terciaria y se extinguió en el Pleistoceno (hace 10.000 años).
El primer ejemplar fue encontrado por Charles Darwin en mi país (Uruguay) en 1833; su cráneo estaba siendo utilizado en una estancia como asiento! En 1837 Owen lo describe y lo nomina.
Este fue el primer ejemplar armado de Toxodon.
Megatherium means "large beast" (of course!); it is an edentata tardigrada (actually, a sloth), which reached 5 tons; it was the largest South American mammal. It used to walk with four feet, but it also could stand on two feet, with the help of its tail, to reach the higer leaves. Megatherium died out 11.000 years ago.
Megatherium significa "bestia grande" (¡claro!); es un edentado tardígrado (en verdad, es un perezoso), que alcanzó las 5 toneladas; fue el mamífero sudamericano de mayor tamaño. Solía caminar apoyando sus cuatro patas, pero podía pararse en dos, ayudado por su cola, para alcanzar las hojas más altas. Megatherium se extinguió hace 11.000 años.
Glyptodon means "carved tooth" (who needs translation?); the gliptodon was an animal like an armadillo, with a rigid cuirass, herbivorous and really huge (see picture); its vertebras were fused. Glyptodon lived in these lands at Pleistocene.
Glyptodon significa "diente esculpido" (¿quién necesita traducción?); el gliptodonte fue un animal similar al armadillo, con una coraza rígida, herbívoro y realmente grande (vean la foto); tenía las vértebras fusionadas. Glyptodon habitó estas tierras en el Pleistoceno.
The heart of La Plata is the very large square called "Plaza Moreno". Here you will find the very large and beautiful cathedral at one end and the city hall at the other end. In between, there are some beautiful trees, sculptures, and monuments like the one in the photo dedicated to Moreno.
The cathedral is the landmark of the city, and is located in the very center at Plaza Moreno. It is done in the neo-gothic style and was actually inspired by the cathedrals in Cologne, Germany, and Amiens, France. The cathedral was inaugurated just 70 years ago. There is a small museum at the cathedral, open from 9 AM - 12 noon and 2 PM - 7 PM every day.
The city hall is a beautiful building located at the opposite end of Plaza Moreno from the cathedral. The building was actually done by an architect named Hubert Stiers from Hanover in the German Renaissance style. it dayes back to 1886, 4 years after the city's founding.
Another of the city's beautiful monuments is the legislature building. Like the city hall, it's done in the German Renaissance style and is located between Avenue 7 and Calle 8, between Avenues 51 and 52.
The government house (Casa Gobierno in Spanish) is yet another very beautiful building, done however in the Flemish Renaissance stlye. It houses the offices for the government of Buenos Aires Province and its governor. It's located opposite the legislature building on plaza San Martin.
Not only fossil mammals can be seen at the Museum; there is an awesome room of present animals too.
No sólo mamíferos fósiles pueden verse en el Museo; hay una sala imponente de animales actuales también.
The construction of the Theater was initiated in 1980, obeying al project of the architects of La Plata Enrique Bars, Tom?s Garcia, Roberto Germani, In?s Eubio, Alberto Sbarra and Carlos Ucar, who a year before they had earned the respective contest. Their surface cover reaches the 60.000 square meters and the geometry of its plant, with smaller and greater diagonals, evokes the plan of our city. Public Area: plaza of access, foyers, public parlors, parlor of expositions, terrace window, bars, sweetshops, and restaurant with capacity for 300 people October 31, 2000, before 2 thousand spectators, the Room Alberto Ginastera was reinaugurada with it put in scene of the opera "Rough", of Giacomo Puccini. This room counts on scenic machinery of advanced and a system of mobile platforms that will do that the changes escenogr?ficos be carried out in a negligible time. This mobile setting is placed to 7,30 meters on the level of the plaza. That base has the possibility to descend behind the curtain, where would be able to mount a subsequent freight car, and thus to agree with two different settings. This mechanism functions from a sensitive hydraulic one, with a curtain motorized, a room of motors and a central computer. In the meantime, the scenic lighting is composed for 500 appliances of different varieties - projecting of cut, fresnell, followers - that were brought of Belgium and France. It would plot it lum?nica is controlled through systems computerized of the latest generation. The bronze spider, that presides this room, weighs three tons, contains 400 lamps and 25.000 wats; and is built to resemblance of the one that lit up in the old Argentine Theater.
Address: 9 y 10 an the avenue 51 y 53,
Directions: The theater, is located to two blocks of Plaza San Martin, in the heart of the city
Phone: : 0221 429-1732/1733
- Historical Travel
- Theater Travel
The city of La Plata is just 1.5 hours away from Buenos Aires (once you made it through the heavy traffic, it is a breeze to get here).
It is one of the 'most planned' city I have ever been to. There is a square with a central park and two diagonal avenues, north-south and east-west. The rest of the city are on a rectangular grid and the streets are numbered consecutively.
At one end of the main square, there sits the gorgeous and Gothic-styled Cathedral of La Plata. This is apparently the largest church in Argentina. You can do a little tour of the Cathedral which includes a visit up one of the spires by elevators (yep, no huffing and puffing). The visit is worth it as the Gothic architecture can be truly appreciated up close.
This museum should be a delight to those kids (or adults who like large, musty-smelled museums) who love skeletonal constructions of extinct dinosaurs or existing mammals, stuffed birds and countless insects and butterflies samples, mummies and some ancient artefacts, etc....
Truly, a lovely Natural Science Museum to pass the afternoon in.
I saw some of the most stunning and impossible-to-imagine dinosaurs and some really impressive assembly of skeletons.
Address: Paseo de Bosque