Visit Museo del Barro to explore an extensive variety of art, from indigenous works to cutting-edge contemporary pieces. Established in 1979, the museum first displayed a small private collection, which gradually grew into the extensive exhibits showcased today. View the pottery museum housing over 300 pieces of pre-Columbian clay artifacts and numerous items from the colonial era. The indigenous section includes a variety of handicrafts and artwork made by different native communities in Paraguay. Lastly, in the contemporary part of the museum you'll see thousands of pieces by famous South American artists. There are many things to do at Museo del Barro.
Things to do at Museo del Barro
1. Museum of Indigenous Art
The first thing to do at Museo del Barro is to see the indigenous art.The collection of indigenous art consists of more than 1750 pieces made by members of the different ethnic groups that populate the country. It includes vessels and carvings, feather and fabric ornaments, masks and baskets. Among the outstanding works we can see five ceremonial costumes of the Ishir ethnic group from the department of Alto Paraguay, used during the annual ritual called Debylyby.The costumes are made on fabrics and masks of caraguatá fibers and feathers belonging to different birds of the Chaco.
2. Barro Museum
The next thing to do at Museo del Barro is to see the mestizo productions. Currently the heritage of the Museo del Barro consists of more than 4,000 pieces corresponding to mestizo productions from the 17th century onwards. These works include carvings in wood, textiles, lace, ceramics and goldsmithing. The museum also includes a collection of 300 pieces of pre-Columbian pottery from all over the American continent. The collection is constituted on the basis of pieces acquired by Carlos Colombino during twenty - five years.On this basis, the collection grew with the contribution of works donated by Osvaldo Salerno and other individuals and institutions and of pieces acquired later with the funds of the Foundation, legal platform of the CAV / MdB.
3. Paraguay Museum of Contemporary Art
The MPAC houses the only permanent collection of painting, drawing, engraving, installation, object and current sculpture of Paraguay, provided with a collection of approximately 3,000 works, which also include the production of Latin American and Spanish artists. Although the MPAC has sought to register contemporary visual production, it has not neglected important moments of local graphic production. In this way, it also includes drawings by Miguel Acevedo(1889 - 1915), the collection of the Cabichu'i newspapers, El Centinela and Cacique Lambaré (1867-1868), and photographs of the Great War (1865-1870).
4. Dona Estela Store
The Museum Store has original pieces of popular pottery from Itá and Tobatí, Aché basket weaving, popular imagery, Carapeguá, Itauguá and Yataity fabrics and feather art from the Maria Helena tomaraho community. It also has a small library specializing in artistic expressions and cultures of Paraguay.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase the tickets on site. Go to the ticket booth and buy your tickets when you arrive.
How To Get Around?
Museo del Barro is accessible on foot and by wheelchair.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear anything you want that makes you comfortable. There is no dress code at Museo del Barro.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Museo del Barro anytime of the year. It's not too crowded so you can always go there anytime you like.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, you can find everything you need to know on this website. It's also better to enjoy the museum by your own.
How To Get There?
The cheapest way to go to Museo del Barro is by bus. Take the bus line 28, 30, or 44 and stop at Petrobras. You will see the museum and you can just walk in. Another way to get there is by taxi. It's inexpensive and fast, the taxi drivers in town know where Museo del Barro is.
The Museum has an ordinary schedule of visits, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. If the schedule does not suit your needs, there is an opening fee for the institution outside normal hours. The opening fee is 470,000 G. Persons interested in this option should contact the General Secretariat.