Renovation work on the old Railway Station of Downtown Rosario has made it into a fun learning space, which houses Invention Island.
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There is a wide range of artistic and cultural spaces in Rosario, including some which explore the city’s history and others which focus on particular subject matters such as the Paraná River, the port’s history and the first newspaper ever published in Argentina.
Stock Exchange Museum
This Museum helps understand the origins of the grain market in Rosario and the rest of the region, while analyzing its transactions and explaining how important it became at the national level. The tour is aimed at stressing the role of the Stock Exchange in the development of the region and of honor as a tacit and unquestionable component of commercial agreements.
The tour ends with an illustration of what Grain Trading Sessions used to be like. For educational purposes, the exhibits include documents with relevant info, displays of objects and portfolios, brochures and audiovisual aids.
Address: Córdoba 1402.
Tel: +54 (341) 421 3471. Extension: 78. 2121.
Web site: www.bcr.com.ar
“La Capital” Newspaper Museum
“La Capital” is the grandfather of Argentine newspapers, having been founded by Ovidio Lagos on 15 November 1867. Its Museum includes an interactive, mock editorial room, an exhibit room and an auditorium. It also holds the manual printing press used to print the first issue of the newspaper, together with all six parts of the Gross rotary printing press (each of which weighs 25 tons), made in the USA and used as of 1937 to print the now-traditional broadsheet edition.
Additionally, visitors may see all the devices that were necessary for the printing process to take place: fully-restored Linotypes®, labeling machines, metal types, matrices. Hot metal typesetting, which involved a slug-casting method, was replaced with cold typesetting in 1980. With the rising use of the computer, the lead-based printing system gradually stopped being used.
Also part of the collection are two rotary printing presses about two decades older than the one mentioned above. Clichés, cast slugs and a machine for drawing squares may be seen on the table on which the newspaper used to be put together. Finally, there is a movie from 1998 which shows what it was like to work with the old rotary printing press, at a time when computers were not yet in use.
Address: Sarmiento 763.
Tel: +54 (341) 522 6076.
Barnes Museum of Religious Art
Located in the catacombs of “El Círculo” Theater, it comprises more than one hundred master copies in plaster of Eduardo Barnes’s religious sculptures. Particularly noteworthy are fourteen rectangular reliefs depicting the Stations of the Cross, fifteen circular reliefs portraying the Mysteries, a large relief representing the Last Supper—in it, twelve sets of hands express, more so than any face, the Disciples´ reactions to Jesus´ words—a statue of Our Lady of the Rosary, one of St Peter pointing to Heaven, the artist having deliberately exaggerated the size of one hand in order to underscore His message, and, lastly, that of St Anthony preaching to the fish, since Mankind refused to pay heed.
Born in Rosario, on 24 March 1901, Eduardo Barnes had a long career and became a prominent sculptor on account of his many religious pieces in stone, wood and bronze. This artist found in the depths of “El Círculo” the perfect space to carry out his craft. Today, his pieces are exhibited in that very place.
Guided Tours: Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am and 5 pm. Saturdays at 10:30 am.
Address: “El Círculo” Theater (Mendoza & Laprida).
Tel: +54 (341) 424 5349/ 448 3784.
Museum of the Paraná River and its Islands
Opposite the Flag Memorial, it contains the work of one of the artists that best reflected life at the Upper Delta of the Paraná River, together with its myths and legends: painter Raúl Domínguez. It displays aboriginal and other types of ships, as well as replicas of houses typical of the islands. It also contains archeological pieces and traditional regional items.
Address: “Estación Fluvial de Rosario” (Rosario’s River Station), Av. Belgrano & Rioja.
Tel: +54 (341) 440 0751.
Municipal Astronomical Facility
Situated in the 2nd floor of the Luis C. Carballo Planetarium, it is divided into different areas: Mathematics, Physics, Science and Technology, Astronomy and Astronautics, Geology, Chemistry and Biology.
It also has two special sectors: Science for Kids and Audiovisual Science, where children can use, under the supervision of specialized guides, didactic equipment on magnetism, electricity, pressure, mechanics, light and sound.
Other available activities include experiments involving optics, lasers, static electricity and the propagation of electromagnetic radiation, as well as looking through telescopes and microscopes.
Courses and conferences are also held there. The aids used for these are: audiovisual material—such as special movies on film, science and computing, mockups, photographs, panels and other elements—and experimental material, which is interactive.
Address: “Parque Urquiza” (Urquiza Park).
Tel: +54 (341) 480 2554/ 3.
This artistic project started in the City of Buenos Aires in April 2006, as the brainchild of the OSDE Foundation. It extended to Rosario in March 2007, its aim being to encourage and promote local and regional Art.
Address: Bv. Oroño 973, 4th, 5th and 6th floors.