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East of the city center is BA’s newest barrio, Puerto Madero...
The sheer size of the Argentinosaurus huinculensis is difficult to fathom, which is why stopping to gawk at the replica skeleton at Plaza Huincul’s Museo Municipal Carmen Funes is a humbling lesson in size.
The excellent Museo Pampeano is filled with artifacts from the area’s various former inhabitants – indigenous people, the gauchos and the wealthy landowners. Note the interesting chair made from animal bones.
Housed in the atmospheric old train station, the Museo Regional Desiderio Torres offers interesting archaeological and paleontological displays, as well as indigenous artifacts with an emphasis on weaving.
The late Rogelio Yrurtia’s (1879–1950) works deal sympathetically with the struggles and achievements of working people; see his masterpiece Canto al Trabajo on the Plazoleta Olazábal in San Telmo.
On the Brazilian side, this park is entered via an enormous visitor center, which has a snack bar, an ATM and big lockers (R$3), among other amenities. Parking here costs R$12.
A couple of blocks from the plaza, this curious museum , run by monks, has a notable collection of pre-Columbian ceramics from the region from a number of different cultures.
La Falda’s main plaza is a charming, tranquil affair, all the more so for being removed from the main drag. On weekends, and daily in summer, there’s a feria artisanal here.
Kids and science fans might enjoy the Museo Municipal de Ciencias Naturales , a small science museum with a small aquarium, scary spiders, lots of butterflies and dinosaur bones.
The Mercado de Abasto boasts a full-blown Museo de los Niños where kids enter a miniature city complete with post office, hospital and even TV station.
Watch shawls and ponchos being made at this friendly workshop is on the other side of the main road from town, a short stroll from the center.
Near the Edificio Menéndez-Behety is the French-style Casa de la Cultura, the original La Prensa newspaper building; it’s worth a peek inside.
This 'Triassic' path takes you past life-size replicas of dinosaurs whose fossilized remains have been found in the Talampaya area.
Closer to Plaza de Mayo is the Spanish Renaissance Standard Bank building, often sprayed with graffiti and the locus of noisy activities.
Just before the entrance to Sarmiento on the way to the petrified forest, Granja San José is a hydroponics farm selling exquisite jams.
Stroll over to the lovely former train station for a look at its green corrugated-metal roofs and decorative ironwork dating from 1884.
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