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Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 8:25 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi,What I'm looking for is information in English about Museums in Mendoza. I'm not sure of the exact city, though I don't really think there are a whole lot of Museums around. Thanks.
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Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 8:45 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

- In downtown Mendoza (that is, Mendoza City), you can find 'Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno' (Municipal Museum of Modern Art). I have little information on this except that is located at the southern entrance of 'Plaza Independencia', a recreational park of about 4 blocks at the heart of the City where the 2 most important venues - Paseo Sarmiento and Mitre Avenue- are born.

- Only a few blocks away and close to another park -Plaza Italia (Italia Park)- there is 'Museo del Pasado Cuyano' or Museum of Cuyo History. The original building was developed in 1873 and it occupied the entire block. It was known as the residence of the Civit family (Quinta de los Civit). The Civit family had a long political tradition and the house was first owned by Fransisco Civit, Mendoza Mayor for the period 1873/1876 and later his son, Emilio Civit who was also a politician for the period of President Roca. The house has 22 wooden-floor rooms -all adobe walls construction- surrounding the 4 outdoor patios. In these rooms, the visitor will be able to see all historical collections and documents.

The oldest artifact is a religious 'altar' built in the XV century, originally from Sant Andreu de Socarrats (Spain). It was donated by Ramon Masilorens. The central patio has 2 navy cannons from 1789 and 1814 respectively, the former from Sevilla (Spain) and the latter from Buenos Aires. The largest room with the largest collection is the 'San Martin room'. San Martin was the argentine equivalent to George Washington for US. This room houses original portrays, letters and documents signed and written by this national icon. Other interesting rooms are 'Arms Collection', 'Federal room' and the 'Oil room' which has some of the original equipment used to drill the first State oil fields.

- Within 'Parque General San Martin' -a huge green compound that houses the University campus, a stadium and a Zoo-, there is the 'Museo de Ciencias Naturales y Antropologicas Juan Cornelio Moyano' (Natural Sciences and Antroplogical Museum Juan Cornelio Moyano). It is located at the southern tip of the only lake inside the compound. Visiting the entire park requires about a 2 hours walk minimum. The Museum was inaugurated in 1937 and the original plans were for a civic center that would offer entertainment to the public. It was designed by architects Manuel and Arturo Civit and it is a perfect example of 'german rationalism' applied to architecture. The style of construction -'yatch style'- reshaped the vanguard look of the park.The building for the museum was developed in 1911 and has been named after the Governor Cornelio Moyano who proposed its creation in 1858. By 1913, the museum -not yet open to the public- had already a vast collection of archeologiocal artifacts donated by naturalists Carlos Rusconi and Carlos Reed. It's worth visting just for the paleontological collection of animal bones and remainings which have been dated back 500 million of years ago. These remainings were located in Bardas Blancas (Malargue) and San Isidro. The Museum also houses clothes, artifacts, musical instruments and pieces from the Incaic period - including 'reduced' heads-, all owned by natives populating this region hundreds of years ago, many found in the early 1600's.

- Another smaller museum worth visiting is the 'Museo del Area Fundacional' or Museum of Mendoza foundations. The value in these structures is that the original colonial settlement was established right here, in 1562, one year after the foundation of the City. It was a 5 x 5 blocks civic center that contained the local goverment buildings and religious churches, however, it all got destroyed during the 1861 earthquake. In 1885, a reconstruction took place and later in 1930 and again in 1960.

- In the nearby area, about 35 miles south of the city, there is the region of 'Chacras de Coria and Lujan de Cuyo'. The trip to the 'Chacras' is specially pretty because it is surrounded by beautiful vineyards. The most important museum in Chacras de Coria is 'Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emiliano Guinazu, Casa Fader' or State Museum of Arts. It opened for the public in 1951 and was named after Fernando Fader -the reknown local paintor-. The original building was owned by Emiliano Guinazu as a vacational retreat. During the period of 1906 and 1915, Fader (born in 1882) decorated the walls and some of the rooms with religious themes. After Guinazu's death, in 1945, his widow donated the building to the local goverment who turned it into an Art Museum. The museum houses 4 collections: foreign artists, argentine paintors, local artists and the Fernando Fader Collection. Although born in France, Fernando Fader is considered argentine since his family emigrated back to Argentina when he was just 3 years old. He was later educated in Europe but spent most of his artistic life in Mendoza and Cordoba.

- Finally, about 25 miles southeast of the City, on the way to Maipu region where the largest wineries are located, there is the 'Museo Nacional del Vino y la Vendimia' or National Wine Festivity Museum. Originally, the building belonged to Giol Winery which at the turn of last century was one of the largest wineries in the World. In 1896, pioneers Gargantini and Giol established a partnership for the production of lower quality wine that was sold cheap to train workers at the time. Two years later, they bought 100 acres of land in Maipu and founded 'Colina de Oro Winery'. From then on, the firm got bigger and bigger. Within the complex, the now 'Winery Museum' was developed back in 1908 / 1910. The building resembles an Italian villa and has 2 floors 'liberty' style.

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