Museum in Tacuarembó

Museo del Indio y del Gaucho

Paying romantic tribute to Uruguay’s gauchos and indigenous peoples, this museum’s collection includes stools made from leather and cow bones, elegantly worked silver spurs and other accessories of rural life.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Portugués

In this beautiful old house, you’ll find Portuguese relics including porcelain, furniture, maps, Manuel Lobo’s family tree and the old stone shield that once adorned the Portón de Campo.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Municipal

Houses an eclectic collection of treasures including a whale skeleton, an enormous rudder from a shipwreck, historical timelines and a scale model of Colonia (c 1762).
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Casa Nacarello

One of the prettiest colonial homes in town, with period furniture, thick whitewashed walls, wavy glass and original lintels (duck if you’re tall!).
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Archivo Regional

On the northwest edge of the plaza, Archivo Regional contains historical documents along with pottery and glass excavated from the 18th-century Casa de los Gobernadores nearby.
Lighthouse in Colonia del Sacramento


One of the town’s most prominent landmarks, Colonia’s 19th-century lighthouse provides an excellent view of the old town and the Río de la Plata. It stands within the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de San Franci…
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo del Azulejo

This dinky 17th-century stone house has a sampling of French, Catalan and Neapolitan tilework.
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Indígena

Houses Roberto Banchero’s personal collection of Charrúa stone tools, exhibits on indigenous history, and an amusing map upstairs showing how many European countries could fit inside Uruguay’s borders (it’s at least…
Museum in Colonia del Sacramento

Museo Español

Scheduled to reopen in 2016 after a long period of restoration, this museum has a varied collection of Spanish artifacts, including colonial pottery, engravings, clothing and maps.
Theater in Colonia del Sacramento

Teatro Bastión del Carmen

Incorporating part of the city’s ancient fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits and periodic concerts. The grassy riverside grounds out back, …