The Falkland Islands Museum
Comprehensive in conception and professional in execution, the Falkland Islands Museum (Holdfast Rd., Ross Rd. W., tel. 27428, www.falklands-museum.com, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 2–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun., £3) dedicates separate exhibits to local, maritime, military, and natural history. Among the standouts are a well-stocked replica of an early general store, materials on the 1982 war (including an Argentine bunker), and exhibits on camp life, including changing communications and transportation.
Dating from the 1950s on the Antarctic Peninsula, the museum’s current prize exhibit is the reconstructed Reclus Hut, which sheltered researchers from the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), later renamed and still active as the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Dismantled and removed from Antarctica in 1996, it was recently re-erected here alongside the main museum building.
The Falkland Islands Museum occupies Britannia House, originally built as headquarters for the Argentine airline LADE; after the 1982 conflict, it housed British forces commanders before becoming the museum a few years back. The museum is open whenever cruise ships are in town, in addition to its regular hours; at that time, a shuttle minibus carries passengers to and from the tourist jetty (the shuttle is open to anybody, not just cruise ship passengers).
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition