Museo Paleontológico

Colonia del Sacramento

This two-room museum displays glyptodon shells, bones and other locally excavated finds from the private collection of self-taught paleontologist Armando Calcaterra.

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2.13 MILES

Colonia’s yacht harbor makes for a pleasant stroll.

2. Centro Cultural Bastión del Carmen

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3. Museo Indígena

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6. Museo del Azulejo

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7. Museo Municipal

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8. Casa Nacarello

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