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Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, El Calafate

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Learn about the formation, movement, and preservation of glaciers at Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico, Argentina's renowned glacier museum. Established to educate visitors about the natural phenomena that create glaciers and their importance to the global ecosystem, the museum also raises awareness about how environmental issues like climate change could affect their future. Cap off your icy day with a quick drink at the museum's ice bar. Work out when and for how long to visit Glaciarium Museo del Hielo Patagónico and other El Calafate attractions using our handy El Calafate tour itinerary planner.
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  • It is cool to see the history of the snow, ice, global warming, etc. I really don't know why they build the museum so far from the city. But they have a free transfer leaving from tourism's... 
    It is cool to see the history of the snow, ice, global warming, etc. I really don't know why they build the museum so far from the city. But they have a free transfer leaving from tourism's...  more »
  • Glaciarium is a fine museum about glaciers and ice and with a seriously take on the subject. Almost too seriously, as there is very much text in the displays. Annoying was the hourly guided tour in....  more
    Glaciarium is a fine museum about glaciers and ice and with a seriously take on the subject. Almost too seriously, as there is very much text in the displays. Annoying was the hourly guided tour in....  more »
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  • Their free shuttle bus from downtown was on time, clean, and efficient although there was zero effort to enforce the mask mandate. We were the first group to arrive as they opened the museum. They only had only one person selling tickets, the same person who explained how to go through the museum. The cashier was lovely but our bus of 20 took well over 20 minutes to process. There were lots of displays along the walls that provided great educational visuals and stories about glaciers. They were in good repair and the English translations were better than most we encounter. The center of the room dioramas were lame and not as professional as the exhibits on the wall. We were about halfway through the exhibits when the very LOUD tour of the museum started. It was in Spanish and I was trying to read English and it is not a huge space so there was no way to escape it. It ruined the experience for us. The descriptions are so thorough and detailed that we wondered why a tour of the museum is even necessary. The movie starts about 50 minutes after you get there and lasts 20 minutes. We were hoping to see some environmental or climate change message but it never occurred. The movie was OK but the seats seem to be broken or to have aged poorly as they were quite uncomfortable leaning forward. You have about 20 minutes after the movie before bus departure to see more of the museum if you like. The restrooms were impeccably clean and well-maintained
  • We enjoyed our trip to the museum, it is build with a lot of images and some interactions. However, if you want to make people aware of climate change and its damages to the world (as the museum does), start with yourself and tell your drivers of the citycentre bus transfer to the museum to turn the engines from the buses off while they wait! The bus engine was running for over 20 minutes with nobody in the bus... It was a bummer on the nice visit we had.

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