The Gaucho Museum and the Museum of Money

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  Tangol 08/08/2018

The Gaucho Museum and the Museum of Money share an ornate palace on Montevideo’s central avenue, the Heber Jackson Palace, a magnificent residence of eclectic style with mansardas that crown the construction with slate roofs. built in 1897 by the French architect Alfred Massüe. 

The architecture highlights its fine paintings on the ceilings, carpentry and plasterwork, majestic staircases inside its rooms. These museums integrate the Cultural Space of the Banco República Foundation, which also includes temporary exhibition halls, which deal with very diverse topics, and the Interactive Banking Room, in which banking activity is recreated in the past.  The Uriarte Palace of Heber is a three-storey palace and  it is part of the historical-architectural heritage of the city of Montevideo. It was built to fulfill functions of single-family housing and commerce.   The facade has a classic European style that stands out from the rest of the buildings around it. From 1977 to the present day, the coin museum houses collections of great historical value, such as medals, banknotes, and documents.ion and national and international currencies. On the first floor is this museum. In 1978 a room dedicated to the gaucho and national traditions was added to this museum. You can see collections of silverware, sculptures, gaucho objects such as mates, light bulbs, knives, saddles and popular art.

I was surprised by the beauty of the building that houses these Museums, it is very beautiful and elegant. The collection of the last level was full of articles and objects related to the history of the gauchos. There are different rooms, each with a particular theme.  On the next level is the Coin Museum, it is a large room with some accounting and other related objects.  After visiting the Gaucho Museum, head next door and take the cage elevator to the cafe on the second floor of the historic Clube Brasileiro.  It is worth taking the time to get to know these places.


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