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San José Museum: a date with national art

The San José Museum is located in an iconic building belonging to the colonial era, which was turned into a National Historic Monument in 1989. It is surely one of the most authentic constructions from colonial times remaining in the city. The house was built in 1805 by the Ortuño family, and was bought more than a century later by a group of neighbors for the purpose of founding a museum. Since then, the mansion has housed showrooms, performance spaces, painting workshops for all audiences, a library, and numerous cultural activities.

The rumor is...
According to stories passed down through word of mouth, Captain Manuel Artigas took over the mansion and directed his troops from the balcony. Manuel Artigas and Venancio Benavidez commanded the armies in the San Jose Combat, a national victory taking place on April 25, 1811.

Dozens of relevant works of art to view

The San Jose Museum's painting gallery is one of the most important in the country, not only because of the volume of pieces on display, but also because it contains original works by the most relevant creators of national art.  Pedro Figari, Rafael Barradas, Augusto Torres García, José Cuneo, José Gurvich, Manuel Espínola Gómez and Hugo Nantes, among others are all included in the museum's catalogue. Plenty of important sculptures can be appreciated at the museum, such as the Baruc and Salto Alto by Pablo Serrano, or the works of Octavio Podesta, Hugo Nantes, and Carlos Reyes.


The museum offers a range of activities and shows: exhibits by artists of all different types of art, book presentations, concerts, and conferences often take place from March to December. With the help of Cinemateca, international and independent films are projected every Saturday night.

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Address:  Becerro de Bengoa 493
Telephone: (+598)434 23672
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