The catacombs of “El Círculo” Theater house the Museum of Religious Art, containing pieces by renown, Rosario-born painter/sculptor Eduardo Barnes.
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This Museum opened its doors in 1945 with the aim of illustrating the complexity and importance of life in all its manifestations. The exhibits are mostly related to Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Paleontology and Anthropology.
On 23 August 1945, the General Education Council of the Province of Santa Fe decided to inaugurate the Museum and to name it “Ángel Gallardo,” in memory of a prestigious Argentine naturalist and man of Science. This Institution was created as a branch of the Ameghino Museum of Natural Science of the city of Santa Fe, but, in 1950, its management was handed over to the Ministry of Justice and Education of the Province.
The collections grew thanks to Professor Pascual Maciá, who was initially the Museum’s Manager and later became its Director. He personally took the pieces donated by the Santa Fe Museum to the new building, while also donating his own private collections.
In time, the Museum came to have 16 rooms for permanent and temporary exhibitions, a library, a lab, a taxidermy workshop, a Didactics Department, a Design Department, storage areas, as well as maintenance and restoration areas.
On 1 July 2003, a fire destroyed most of the building-a serious blow for the Museum. It was not until mid-2006 that it reopened its doors on San Lorenzo 1951 and that a new stage in its development began.
Address: San Lorenzo 1951.
Tel: +54 (341) 472 1449.
Tours: Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 2 pm to 7 pm.