MUNTREF – Museo de la Inmigración.
Museum of Immigration
Av. Antártida Argentina 1355, C1104ACA CABA, Argentina
The Museum of Immigration is housed in an old immigrants hotel and is one of four University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) museums in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Construction of this landmark building began in 1905 and it worked as a hotel until 1951, seeing over 1 million people pass through its doors over the course of half a century. The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1990 and in 2012, UNTREF began the process of restoration. Today the building is used as a contemporary arts centre and museum. Its rooms are a permanent field of activity designed to reflect on the historical memory of the country, as well as explore issues of migration in the contemporary world. The building has been kept true to its original form, and very little changes have been made to the structure itself. Indeed, it is still possible to walk up the uneven stone stairs that have been worn away by the thousands of immigrants that came through the doors of the hotel from the turn of the twentieth century. To find out more about the history of the building, see our blog post ‘The Start of a New Life.’