1972 Museum, Montevideo

4.6
1972 Museum honors the survivors and victims of a crash that involved a group of high school rugby players, their friends, and relatives. The story that inspired many books revolves around 16 Uruguayans who endured 72 days in the cold mountains, with no food or proper clothing. See their personal belongings, airplane debris, documents, and photographs from the "Valley of Tears." The 19th-century museum building with balconies made of Carrara marble is a worthwhile architectural attraction in and of itself. Make 1972 Museum a part of your Montevideo vacation plans using our Montevideo trip itinerary maker .
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  • Wow. It was fantastic to remember the claw of those players who stayed almost 3 months lost in the Andes and managed to survive... I wish I had that strength and courage. An example for everyone. It's worth it and it's not even on all the scripts.
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  • I just wanted to look at some plane wreckage and infographics, but then I had to listen to an extended lecture. The man spoke three languages fluently and told of cannibalism and other sophisticated methods that kept these brave young men alive, and kept spreading funny chauvinistic sayings: "This man lost 45 kilos, this is as much as you weigh." he to me, and when I didn't put a face on it, he added: "I didn't hear a thank you. HAHAHA.» Later, he said: "... and she did what women always do when they've got time: shopping. HAHAHA.» I didn't find this openly exposed sexism a bit funny, because it solidifies outdated patriarchal structures and it hurts me as a woman when you reduce femininity to superficialities like body weight and clothing. That's why I sneaked away and went to the toilet. The way to the men's cloister was signposted with an arrow to the left, the women's cloister with one pointing to the right, because "women are always right". Hahaha. Kollegah would like this museum, not only because it likes to be compared to Holocaust Memorial Museums, but also because of the internalized sexism and the way history is reworked. The noblest ideals of masculinity are held up here: perseverance, innovation, team spirit. I think this museum should actually be called "Alpha Museum" instead of "Andes Museum". Because what these young, brave men have been through is alpha. Only one boss survives a plane crash and 72 days in the most lifeless circumstances in the Andes. Even if I wouldn't visit this place again, I think it's good that there's the Alpha Museum, because here's machism and toxic masculinity, what it was supposed to be: a historic event that happened sometime in the last millennium. And the patriarchy where it belongs: in the museum.
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  • Great little museum with a comprehensive explanation of every little detail you can imagine relating to the crash and survival events in the Andes in 1972. Whilst exhaustive in it's detailing, it also really helps build a context of the conditions around the event. The founder and curator was on hand to answer questions and elaborate with yet more details (except about eating human flesh...although I didn't ask in case he knew about this too ;)! Ultimately, the museum leaves a lasting, moving impression, largely because of the statement by parents of the victims. Really amazing. I spent a lot longer here than any other museum or gallery I visited in Montevideo.
  • Wonderful little museum. Fabulous job of telling the story. I was impressed with the artifacts that had been collected for display. Very happy that there were English translations of everything.
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