Designed as a site of encounter to celebrate the Immigrant National Festival, this place is a perfect excuse to enjoy the open air and the history of this region shaped by European immigrants.
Just by asking around, visitors will learn where the famous Parque de las Naciones
is located. Year after year, the fourteen communities that make up most of the society of Oberá
gathers up at this venue in order to celebrate the Immigrant National Festival
during the first fortnight of September.
Like few locations in Argentina, Oberá has welcomed the most varied nationalities and ethnic groups. Such diversity has brought about an extraordinary cultural enrichment and exemplary cohabitation standards.
The typical houses of each community are raised inside the venue, which occupies ten hectares and is refurbished every year before the festival. Likewise, the Federation of Communities and the Municipal Historical and Natural Science Museum buildings are situated in the same locale.
Besides housing the festival, this place is part of the daily life of Oberá. Both grown-ups and children get together at this park to play football, walk or just have a nice conversation under some shady tree while tasting delicious Tereré
The architecture of the various houses belonging to each community is outstanding. There is one for each nationality: German, Arabian, Brazilian, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Nordic (Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish), Paraguayan, Polish, Russian, Swiss and Ukrainian, along with the Argentinian hosts. Each of them has a distinction that makes them unique.
Following the inner path, we reached the Municipal Historical and Natural Science Museum
to see the objects on display.
The museum features three rooms. One is devoted to the roots from Misiones and it features various photographs, rocks and handicrafts made with wicker by the first dwellers in the area: the guaraníes
Another room has typical costumes and some outfits worn by the girls that were elected queens in the famous Immigrant National Festival. In the same room, photographs, period clothes and other objects commemorate various remarkable historical facts, such as the massacre of Oberá, an agrarian protest that took place in 1936; or the unusual snowfall that happened in August, 1965.
The Natural Science room presents stuffed specimens of native birds and other animals. Among them, an alligator, a colorful parrot and a long rattlesnake that might be intimidating if looked at for a while stand out.
The most eye-catching feature on the way out of the museum -or on the way in, if preferred- is the countless number of tiles boasting the Immigrant National Festival theme, the City of Oberá or other topics typical of the Province of Misiones
All of them are perfect. They are all worth seeing. The only disadvantage -which might end up being an advantage, in fact- is that none of them is for sale.