Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
Matías Errázuriz Ortúzar and his widow Josefina de Alvear de Errázuriz lived less than 20 years in the ornate beaux arts building (1918) that now houses the national decorative art museum. Its inventory consists of 4,000 items from the family’s own collections, ranging from Roman sculptures to contemporary silverwork, but mostly Asian and European pieces from the 17th to 19th centuries. Many items are anonymous; the best-known are by Europeans like Manet and Rodin.
The Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (Avenida del Libertador 1902, tel. 011/4802-6606, www.mnad.org.ar, 2–7 p.m. Tues.–Sun., US$1.25, free Tues.) offers guided English-language tours Tuesday–Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The museum is closed the last week of December and first week of January.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition