Location: 2291, Juramento St. Belgrano
The Museum is the only exponent of Spanish art in Argentina. It was the home of writer Enrique Larreta’s (1870–1961) which architecture is neo colonial and the atmosphere inside is that of a renaissance place surrounded by a very attractive Spanish-Arabic garden.
The collection, assembled at the beginning of the 20th Century consists of wooden polychrome carvings, historical pictures and paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque periods together with furniture, weapons, decorative objects, ceramics, carpets, tapestries, gilt, painted desks, braziers, and other objects from the 13th to the 20th Centuries.
Writer Enrique Larreta (1873-1961) transformed the fruit tree orchard surrounding the house into an Andalusian garden. It has the aspect of a labyrinth with small, irregular spaces spreading in all directions.
This is a unique corner of Buenos Aires and according to experts it is hard to find one so tasteful and well ornamented even in Spain.
This is an unforgettable outing to get lost in this pleasure of the senses with the murmuring fountains, the perfume of the flowers, the exotic specimens and the lovely textured floors. This is a true oasis where one can really get away from the chaotic bustle of the modern city.
The gallery uniting the reception area with the garden is covered in iridescent Granadian ceramics. A perron with flower pots allows access to the path taking us to the “Fountain of the toads” and to the monumental granite sculpture “De reojo” made by Pablo Larreta.
Amongst other exotic species there are gingko biloba, “umbú”, “glicinas”, cypress, palm trees, “palo borracho” and the bitter oranges every Spanish garden must have. Some illustrious visitors have been King Leopold II of Belgium, the Imperial Princess of Japan and former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Henry Kissinger.
Telephone 4784-4040 / 4783-2640
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 1400 hs to 20.00 hs. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 10.00 hs to 20.00 hs.
Guided Museum Visits: Monday to Friday from 17 hs.
Garden Visits: first Saturday of every month from 15.30 hs to 17.30 hs and from September till the end of April from 09.00 hs to 13.00 hs.