Museo de la Patagonia
Its multiple halls touch on natural history through taxidermy (better than most of its kind); insects (inexplicably including subtropical Iguazú); Patagonia’s population from antiquity to the present; the aboriginal Mapuche, Tehuelche, and Fuegian peoples; caudillo Juan Manuel de Rosas; the “Conquista del Desierto” (Conquest of the Desert) that displaced the aboriginals; and Bariloche’s own urban development. There is even material on Stanford University geologist Bailey Willis, a visionary consultant who did the region’s first systematic surveys in the early 20th century.
The Museo de la Patagonia (Centro Cívico s/n, tel. 02944/42-2309, US$1) is open 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition