Andes Museum 1972
Tourist experience recommended by the Montevideo Tourist Association.
The museum is dedicated to the memory of the 29 people who died in the plane crash that occurred in the Andes Mountains at the end of 1972.
It also aims to be a recognition of the 16 compatriots who "came back to life" after 72 long and infernal days.
The museum is located in an old house from the second half of the 19th century and was founded by Jörg P. A. Thomsen, a Uruguayan of German descent. On the facade of the house, the granite base and the decoration of the upper floor with Corinthian pilasters and Carrara marble balconies stand out. Its bearing walls are a mixed structure, composed of handmade bricks and rock obtained from the remains of the colonial wall of Montevideo, after its demolition in 1829.
In the museum several objects collected in the "Glaciar de las Lágrimas" are exhibited, the site where the remains of Flight 571 were scattered, some of them are: photographs, explanatory drawings, original documents, clothing and parts of the wrecked plane. A timeline is displayed that records the events of what happened in the Valley of Tears and in the world during the period that the tragedy lasted. The objects that the survivors improvised are also recreated, among these the hoods and gloves made with the lining of the chairs, the snow water collectors made with the backs of the seats, among others.
Rincón 619 esq. Juan Carlos Goméz