The city of Neuquén has the only venue outside Buenos Aires of the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA). The same was inaugurated on December 12, 2004 to mark the centennial celebrations of the city.
The museum has the patrimony of the MNBA and it can be visited free of charge from Tuesday through Sunday, providing a great attraction for residents and tourists who want to know about national and regional cultural activity.
The museum building has more than two thousand square meters and an auditorium for 300 people, that make a simple, functional design which allows increasing the direction of tour. This is because inside is a ring, arranged around a courtyard which, in itself, may also contain artistic expressions.
The museum is a work unique in the national urban level and belongs to the architectural project of Mario Roberto Álvarez, for which he received the first prize in the 2004 Architecture National Biennale.
Around the museum is a park and around the building there are installed security and temperature and humidity control systems. Also it was treated to reflect the surrounding environment using elements of the Patagonian geography as sand, water and stone.
In the museum you can see two types of samples. The first is the MNBA heritage with a collection of 250 pieces of great importance divided between:
Dutch Golden Age
The second refers to the Traveling Exhibitions, comprising an active program of temporary exhibitions of the most important artists of national and universal art. Among them are the following samples:
In addition to permanent and traveling exhibitions, the museum complements its cultural offer with other activities such as cinema or concerts in the auditorium. Finally, the art bookshop and the Museum Café help the character of true community center that has the MNBA.
General Useful Data
Hours: From Tuesday through Saturday from 8 to 21 and Sundays and holidays from 16 to 20. Free admission. Join up to 30 minutes before closing. Closed on Mondays. If you want a guided tour, they are made from Tuesdays through Fridays at 18 pm. Admission is free.