The Museo Evita opened on July 26, 2002, the 50th anniversary of her death, in a mansion where her charity, the Eva Perón Foundation, once housed single mothers with children. While the museum treats her history fairly, looking at both the good and the bad, it is quickly obvious to the visitor that each presentation has a little bit of love for Evita behind it, and indeed, members of the family are involved in the museum.
The museum displays divide Evita’s life into several parts, looking at her childhood, her arrival in Buenos Aires with hopes of becoming an actress, her ascension to First Lady and unofficial saint to millions, and her death and legacy. You can view her clothes, remarkably preserved by the military government that took power after Perón’s fall in 1955, along with photos of her wearing them. Other artifacts of her life include her female voter card, marked #1, the first issue. It was through Evita’s work that Argentine women gained the right to vote in 1947. There are also toys and schoolbooks adorned with her image, given to children to indoctrinate them into the Peronist movement. The most touching artifact of all, though, is a smashed statue of
Evita, hidden for decades by a farmer in his barn, despite the threat of being jailed for saving it. Whether you hate, love, or are indifferent to Evita, this is a museum that no visitor to Argentina should miss. Digesting the exhibits here will help you understand why she remains such a controversial figure within the Argentine psyche. The museum also houses a cafe and restaurant
The Museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 11am through 7pm
Adress: J.M Gutierrez 3926, Palermo, City of Buenos Aires