The best thing to do??

9 March 2012

On the last day in Ushuaia, for the morning of the day of departure, I decided to go to the Museo Maritimo de Ushuaia.  Located in the original prison of Ushuaia – it was an interesting way to kill some time and find out the history of this town at the bottom of the world.  Originally a penal colony, Ushuaia was Argentina’s solution to overflowing prisons further north (a little like Australia was Britain’s penal colony).

Whilst I am generally not a huge museum fan this one was interesting – with each cell telling the story of a different prisoner.

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and replicas of some of those bringing it to life.

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In addition to the prison part of the museum there was an art gallery with lots of painted penguins – kind of cute.

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Then I went upstairs and wondered if it was the smartest move on the day I was to board a ship to Antarctica.  Upstairs was the Antarctic Museum – tales of the historic expeditions and explorers were interesting.  Models of the ships that have been wrecked in the coldest, windiest and driest continent on earth – filled me with a slight sense of apprehension – especially as some of them were not that long ago.

However overall it was an interesting couple of hours and if you are in Ushuaia and have a half a day – this is a museum to visit.

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