On July 6, 1990, Policeman’s Day, the Historical Police Museum was inaugurated at 493, Belgrano Street, on the corner with Sarmiento Street, opposite Belgrano Square.
The museum is located inside the Cabildo
building, one of the most representative and historical constructions in the City of Jujuy
, which dates back from the nineteenth century. It was declared National Historical Monument due to its architectural value.
The structure of the Cabildo
still preserves the colonial gallery and its nineteen round arches. History goes that Belgrano showed the brand new flag to the people outside while standing at its balcony.
Today, this building houses the Historical Police Museum, which features four exhibition areas on the first floor and the mezzanine. This museum was created with the purpose of spreading everything related to the work done by the members of the police department.
Various old police and firefighter uniforms worn at different events, sharp instruments, high powered weapons and explosives are on display at the several rooms.
Likewise, photographs of the successive police chiefs and several documents related to drug dealing may be observed. Data of the most serious and enigmatic local crimes are also shown.
A policeman on guard duty is in charge of guiding visitors through the venue and commenting on the history of this force, the steps taken in order to build the museum and the most attractive and mysterious crimes in the area.
A few steps away from the Cabildo and the Police Museum, to one side of the square, there lies the wonderful and imposing cathedral, rebuilt with a Neo-classical style after the 1843 earthquake. One of its main treasures is the pulpit, carved in ñandubay and cedar wood and laminated in gold by the hands of the Jesuit missions’ natives in the eighteenth century.
Both the cathedral and the Cabildo, and of course the Historical Police Museum, make up a group of architectural structures worth visiting.
Opening hours: Mondays thru Fridays, from 08:30am to 1pm and from 3pm to 9pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: from 9am to 12pm and from 6pm to 8pm.
Bear in mind: 493, Belgrano Street.Access free of all charges. Information: (0388) 4237715