3 Amazing Museums to Check Out in Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo by Alex Teixeira on Unsplash

If you enjoy discovering the art, culture, and history of new cities by visiting their top museums, Montevideo won’t leave you disappointed. The capital of Uruguay is home to many museums covering everything from art and history to tango and costumes, and here are some of the very best.

National Museum of Visual Arts

Montevideo’s leading art museum has been around for over a century and it’s located inside Parque Rodó. It features an impressive art collection by Uruguayan artists and you can also find a library, a conference room, and a spacious sculpture garden on its premises.

Juan Manuel Blanes Museum

Another art museum that you shouldn’t miss in Uruguay, Juan Manuel Blanes Museum mostly focuses on fine arts. It showcases works of art by notable Uruguayan artists, starting with Juan Manuel Blanes, Pedro Figari, and Rafael Barradas, and the 19th-century villa that it’s housed inside is as impressive as its collection.

Carnival Museum

If you want to take a break from art museums and visit a unique spot that you can’t find anywhere but here, the Carnival Museum is the place to be. Its collection includes extravagant costumes and masks from annual carnivals, completed with an open-air stage.