World Tango Museum

The same building houses the National Tango Academy and this museum, which preserves the memory of the most porteño musical style.

The World Tango Museum, dependent on the National Tango Academy, is located above Café Tortoni, and may be accessed both through a private gate on Rivadavia Street and through the Academy.

Something New to Be Said

This is a new museum (it was inaugurated in December, 2003) but it is about one of the most traditional themes in Buenos Aires: tango. Its existence, as well as that of the National Tango Academy, corresponds to modern times in which tango has ceased to be a marginal kind of music or even the most popular music (as it used to be in the 1940s, for example) in order to occupy its right position among the most fascinating phenomena in the XX century.

  • In downtown Buenos Aires

    In downtown Buenos Aires

  • Anibal Troilo’s bandoneon

    Anibal Troilo’s bandoneon

  • Horacio Ferrer Hall

    Horacio Ferrer Hall

  • Is located above Café Tortoni

    Is located above Café Tortoni

History, Little by Little

The museum show is distributed according to a chronological criterium. With modules ranging for fifteen-year periods, visitors may follow the development of this musical style ever since prehistorical times (when we could not speak about “tango” yet) up to its most recent mutations.

In between, we found everything that constituted the glory of tango: its emergence, the new guard, the different generations from De Caro, Gardel and Contursi, through Discépolo, Pugliese, Goyeneche, Mores, Piazzolla and avant-garde until this date.

Tango Is Still Alive

The information is bounteous and clear, and it may even guide laymen in this subject around this world that has succeeded in building its own tradition.

But there is no doubt that the most interesting attraction is represented by the objects displayed in the glass cabinets: real tango relics. Everything from a hat once worn by Gardel, through several handwritten scores, Agustín Bardi’s piano, original records, typewriters, and everything once related to those glories that still sound. We even found a CD collection with the newest versions of this music.

More than a Show

But tango is much more than music and the museum also shows a series of paintings, sculptures and other art pieces inspired in tango and its characters. A passion still burning.

At the Tango Glories Olimpo Hall, we found a series of blow-up copies that pay tribute to the celebrities who have made this music shine. This very hall, equipped with chairs and a stage, is the environment for various shows and activities.

A movie about Gardel is shown in the background.

History Out There

It cannot be denied that institutions like this World Tango Museum are quite significant to give way to acknowledgement and to preserve the memory of tango. But, as expressed by the museum philosophy, this is an incomplete memory. Tango still sounds.

Therefore, both the museum and the academy are carrying out permanent tasks and open up to the new life of this traditional musical style.

Autor Marcos Rodríguez Fotografo Marcos Rodríguez

Contact of the excursion or tour

Museo Mundial del Tango / Palacio C.Gardel

Rivadavia 830 () Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Tel: +54 11-43456967

Tour typeTour type: Museum

Bear in mindBear in mind: Various activities open to the public regarding the history of tango, as well as shows, are carried out at the museum. Ask about dates and schedules.
In turn, the National Tango Academy is constantly offering open courses and activities for all those who wish to learn more about tango. Prior registration required.


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