Evita dresses

Trip to the Evita Museum in Buenos Aires [YQrtw Day 81 Jun 26]

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Today is my sister’s birthday. Happy birthday to her!

This evening, I checked out Museo Evita because it’s museum day for me and I was around the area. I have to admit that before arriving in Argentina, the most I knew about Eva Peron was that Madonna played her character in a movie which I’ve never seen.

When out at one of the school outings, Macarena from the language school I was at, told more about the history Evita. It was Evita who helped allow women in Argentina to vote and she had helped the poor.

I was curious to know more about Evita. Actually, it was either visiting the Evita Museum or the Museum of Decorative Arts. Of course Evita would win.

The museum is located in a fancy building with sculptures on the wall outside.

Facade of Evita Museum, Buenos Aires
Facade of Evita Museum, Buenos Aires
What the Evita Museum looks like from outside.
What the Evita Museum looks like from outside.

Entrance to the exhibition area is 20 peso (S$5). The exhibition includes a lot of artefacts of Evita and bit of quotes from her book, In My Own Words.

The museum was mostly in Spanish but English translation is available.

We walk in a doorway where there is a sort of shrine for Evita. Then follow a walkway to a mirrored room showing a video of Evita’s wake.

Then we enter the room about Evita’s childhood. She lived in a childhood “with happiness and sorrow”. Her father died and her mom became the pillar of the family.

We learn that her mother finally gave up on stopping Eva from being an actress and went to Buenos Aires with her. While Eva was in several films, she was the leading lady in only one film which was not screened.

My jaw dropped when I saw this. Damn, you are gorgeous!
My jaw dropped when I saw this. Damn, you are gorgeous!
Evita Duarte
Evita Duarte

Then we walk on a spiral staircase up to the second floor where we follow Eva’s political journey (she was never in office) and her fabulous wardrobe.

Eva was the first First Lady to appear in a presidential potrait.
Eva was the first First Lady to appear in a presidential potrait.

I particularly like the section with Evita’s clothes, so chic!

Evita's clothes in the Evita Museum.
Evita’s clothes in the Evita Museum.
Evita's dress. I love the stripes.
Evita’s dress. I love the stripes.
Evita's headgear. I am jealous of people who can wear hats. My head is too gigantic for most hats.
Evita’s headgear. I am jealous of people who can wear hats. My head is too gigantic for most hats.

Things about Evita that I didn’t know

Card to bring for voting, I think.
Card to bring for voting, I think.

Evita opened orphanages and started a school for nurse so more people can be trained to take care of others.

One rather interesting program by her was a Children Tourism program (or something like that) where kids were taken to the sea and mountains for the first time.

At the end of the exhibition is a video about how Evita’s body which was embalmed was snatched by Bad People. The body was driven away and buried in Italy under a name starting with Maria. It was years later that the body was returned to her family.

One of the scariest part of the video was Evita’s sister’s voice recording. The voice talked about how parts of Evita’s body was damaged and the camera panned over the damaged parts. Urgh!

Random inner courtyard in Evita Museum.
Random inner courtyard in Evita Museum.
Pretend kitchen with pretend steak on the pretend hot plate.
Pretend kitchen with pretend steak on the pretend hot plate.

I loved the museum very much. You should definitely visit if you are ever in Buenos Aires.

The first part of the day

Now that the main subject is done, I’ll share a bit of what I did for the rest of the day.

I spent the noon at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) which had a good collection (Monets, Rodins, 1 van Gogh). Since it was free entry, the employees were quite horrible. So terrible that I would rather bury the memory of it than write it down here. Still I recommend going there for about an hour or two.

After MNBA (Museum of National Bigheaded Arse), I walked to the National Library. I had heard that the design of the library is cool so I was pretty excited.

National Library in Buenos Aires
National Library in Buenos Aires
Museum of Decorative Art
Museum of Decorative Art
10-year tourist visa for the US included in this envelope
10-year tourist visa for the US included in this envelope

After Evita Museum, I rushed back to the hostel to check online if my passport was ready for collection at DHL. It was and I only had 40 minutes to get to the DHL branch.

I made it in time!

How much do you know about Evita? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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