Museo Casa Rosada

The Museo Casa Rosada is located in the old galleries of the Buenos Aires Customs building and it was inaugurated in 2011. It showcases a big number of memorabilia objects of past presidents and it's the perfect opportunity to learn Argentina's history from 1810 to present in a glimpse.

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Casa Rosada
The Casa Rosada or Pink House is an emblematic building of Buenos Aires located in Plaza de Mayo square. It holds the House of Argentina's Government and you can find the President's office and a Museum for past presidencies in Argentina.
Plaza de Mayo
Plaza de Mayo is the most emblematic square and the main foundational centre of the city of Buenos Aires. It has witnessed many moments of huge historical value for Argentina such as the May Revolution, which the square was named after.
The Cabildo de Buenos Aires is the former colonial town hall that witnessed epic debates during the May Revolution of 1810. It used to be the former seat of the council in the colonial era and It was built in 1751. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, part of the building was demolished to widen the Avenues that run on the laterals.
Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires
The Catedral Metropolitana is an important Catholic Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Cafe Tortoni
The Cafe Tortoni is an establishment that is the epitome of Argentinian cafe culture founded by a French immigrant in 1858. Its design and architecture took inspiration from French cafes, and it was recognised as one of the top ten most beautiful cafes in the world and throughout its history, it received many popular figures in politics, music, sports, and more.
Manzana de las Luces
One of the earliest sites in the city, with accessible Jesuit-built tunnels.

Related Tours

Plaza de Mayo: The Heart of Buenos Aires Private Walking Tour

The Plaza de Mayo has been the hub of Argentina’s national life since its foundation, and its inception moment at the Cabildo, located in Plaza de Mayo. Walk around this historic space with a private guide who will show you where Argentina’s national story began and has continued to unfold.

On this short walking tour, you will:

  • Explore Plaza de Mayo: the oldest and most important square in Buenos Aires which has witnessed many powerful political and social moments;
  • Walk by the Cabildo: the old headquarters of the Rio de la Plata Viceroyalty in the colonial era;
  • Step into Buenos Aires Cathedral: a peculiar neoclassical style church where Pope Francis used to lead mass as Archbishop of Buenos Aires;
  • Learn about Casa Rosada: where the president holds office with a particular pink colour;
  • Visit Museo del Bicentenario (also known as Museo Casa Rosada): Argentina's past presidencies museum to learn more about its rich history. Note: presently the museum is only open on weekends.  

Starting with the Cabildo, you will learn about the history of the square, which was set up by the Spanish to be the centre of their new colony. Telling the story of how Buenos Aires developed during the Spanish Empire when the building was the seat of local government, your guide will take you back in time to the May Revolution when Argentina achieved its independence.

Walking around the square, your guide will point out important buildings that have all played a part in Argentina’s development and you will learn all of their stories. There will also be poignant reminders of the square's role as a centre for dissent, from Peronist demonstrations to the maternal anger of the Madres and Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo.

Overlooking the plaza, at the far end of the Cabildo, stands the Casa Rosada. Despite only holding the President’s office, the pink-painted building retains a distinctive role as a symbol of Argentina.

Your tour will end at the Museo del Bicentenario, where each exhibit tells a story, whether of presidential extravagance or the lives of Spanish soldiers hundreds of years ago. Your guide will highlight the most interesting sections you must see so you can enjoy them at your leisure if you wish to stay longer.

Please note: the museum is only open on weekends. This is a minor part of your tour, and your guide will substitute it with other equally impressive attractions. However, if you wish to visit the museum with a guide, be sure to book a weekend tour. 

Historic Buenos Aires: Private Half-Day Walking Tour

Explore the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, 'the Paris of Latin America' on a half-day walking tour where you will learn about the historic and cultural highlights of Argentina's capital with your own private tour guide.

On your private tour you will:

  • Take a stroll around Plaza de Mayo, an iconic 19th-century square in Buenos Aires that has witnessed remarkable moments throughout Argentina's history;
  • Step into the magnificent Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, where Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, led mass as Archbishop until 2013;
  • Travel back in time to the Cabildo, a public building in Buenos Aires, which used to be the seat of the Spanish coloniser's city council;
  • Walk by Casa Rosada, where Argentina's president holds office, and find out the origin of its colour;
  • Visit Museo del Bicentenario, also known as Museo Casa Rosada, inaugurated in 2011 to commemorate 200 years since Argentina's May Revolution;
  • Visit San Ignacio Church (Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola), built by a Jesuit architect to honour Saint Ignatius, the founder of the order;
  • Dive into the oldest bookstore in Buenos Aires, Libreria de Ávila, opened in 1777 by Professor Francisco Salvio Marull;
  • Step into one of Buenos Aires’ great culinary icons: Café Tortoni, inaugurated in 1858 and famous for its delicious hot chocolate and churros!;
  • Learn about Argentine politics from the 19th century to the current day at the Congreso de la Nacion Argentino.

A city famous for its faded colonial grandeur with Spanish, French, and Italian architecture, the buzz and colour of its local neighbourhoods, a complex and dramatic political past, its steaks, nightlife, classical and street art, live music and of course, the tango! Buenos Aires is a melting pot of cultures, and on your tour, you will explore the highlights this incredible city has to offer with your expert private guide.

Your tour begins in the historic and iconic Plaza de Mayo, where you’ll learn about a number of remarkable moments in Argentina’s history. Several major landmarks surround the Plaza including the Casa Rosada (the presidential palace and seat of the government) the Cabildo (the city council during the colonial era), the May Pyramid, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires – whose most famous cardinal is the current Pope Francis, the city hall, the financial district and the Equestrian monument to General Manuel Belgrano.

You will hear about Madres y Abuelas (Mothers and Grandmothers) de Plaza de Mayo, an NGO of women who campaign for the safe return of their relatives taken during a dark period of Argentina's history – the Dirty War. On April 30th in 1977, they gathered for the first time in this historic square to demand the safe delivery of their children and grandchildren who had been kidnapped, tortured and disappeared by the military dictatorship.

The Cabildo is an iconic building in Argentinian history that was the centre of the 1810 May Revolution. Walking around the square, you will learn about the importance of the surrounding buildings and their role in the past two centuries, as your guide will tell you the tales of SI, the state intelligence service, and Argentina’s tumultuous financial history.

Stopping at the presidential palace of Casa Rosada, you will venture into the catacombs of the old colonial fort, now the Museo del Bicentenario; a place where presidential memorabilia stands alongside old finds from Buenos Aires’ colonial past.

Walking down Avenida de Mayo you will step inside the iconic Café Tortoni; a place synonymous with Argentinian delicacies – hot chocolate and churros – and with a history going back to 1858.

Your last stop will be the Congreso de la Nacion Argentino. Situated as a counterweight to the Casa Rosada at the end of the Avenida de Mayo, it is where Argentine lawmakers meet and deliberate. A fantastic place to learn about the multiple deviations of Argentine politics, and to find out why Eva Peron, known more commonly as Evita – “Don’t cry for me Argentina”, is still so popular here!

*Please note: the museum is only open on weekends. This is a minor part of your tour, and your guide will substitute it with other equally impressive attractions. However, if you wish to visit the museum with a guide, be sure to book a weekend tour. 


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