Small but charming, Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) displays over 650 artworks by Paraguayan and South American artists through the generations. Peruse the collections of various objects like antique coins and furniture donated by and belonging to the creator of the museum. Be sure to plan ahead, as the museum changed locations and may be harder to find. History buffs should head to the national archives in the same building, which houses the largest collection of documents relating to Paraguay's past. The museum was founded in 1909 by the collector Silvano Godoy, first director general of Museums and archives Paraguay. There are many things to do at The National Museum of Fine Arts
The National Museum of Fine Arts Visit and Tours
1. The Exhibition
Walking along the 24 exhibition halls of the ground floor, visitors will encounter sculptures by Barrias and Rodin, paintings by El Greco and Rembrandt, the magnificent Goya´s room, and the most important Latin American collection of impressionists and post-impressionism, from Manet to Sorolla, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Degas. Towards the end of the tour, the visitor will find a selection of works by Argentinean masters: Pueyrredón, Sívori, Della Valle, de la Cárcova and the fantastic works by Cándido López, among many others.
2. The First Floor
The first floor is devoted to the art of the 20th century, most to Argentinean and Latin American art, but international art, too. Its exhibition rooms bring together several avant-garde masters from the beginning of the century such as Klee, Kandinsky, De Chirico, Carra, Modigliani, Picasso and Léger. Also, works by Rafael Barradas, Xul Solar, Pedro Figari, Joaquín Torres García, Emilio Pettoruti and Alicia Penalba. Post-war trends are represented by artists such as Nicholson, Fontana, Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Rothko, Pollock, Nevelson, Fautrier, Kemble, Sakai, Testa and Greco. Works by Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc and Martha Boto cover Argentine optical and kinetic art. Argentine art from 1960 to 1980 is exposed through works by Ernesto Deira, Jorge de la Vega, Rómulo Macció, Luis Felipe Noé, Antonio Saura, Carlos Alonso, Antonio Seguí, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Edgardo Giménez and Marta Minujin, among others.
3. Enjoy Your Visit
A second feature of the museum that should be pointed out is its top-level staff. It is characterized not only for its excellency and professionalism, but also for the passion and the thrust with which they undertake their different tasks, from the restoration and conservation of the works and their staging, to the maintenance and care of the historic building. Enjoy your visit by admiring these details.
How to Get Tickets?
You can purchase your tickets on site. When you arrive at The National Museum of Fine Arts, go to the ticket booth and purchase your tickets. The tickets don't cost much and are worth your money. Children under 14 get free tickets to enter this museum.
How To Get Around?
You have to get around this museum on foot. All areas are accessible by walking, you can stop and admire each art work on display. The museum is also accessible by wheelchair.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code at The National Museum of Fine Arts. Most people go with t-shirt and jeans or trousers.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit The National Museum of Fine Arts is early in the morning before it gets crowded. Also, avoid weekends since it will be full with locals.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, it's easy to get around and you can find everything on this website.
How To Get There?
You can take a bus from the city center, many bus stops are marked with the number of the buses passing by. This can give you a pretty good feeling of bus routes by searching for a bus number. Or just look up a destination and which bus numbers go there, then search for your nearest bus stop with any of the identified numbers. You can also take a taxi to this museum.
Admission will be free on Tuesdays all day, and Wednesday to Sunday from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.