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.
and replicas of some of those bringing it to life.
In addition to the prison part of the museum there was an art gallery with lots of painted penguins – kind of cute.
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.