National Historical Museum (Lavalleja House)

Museo Histórico Nacional (Casa de Lavalleja)

The house of Juan Antonio Lavalleja is one of the houses that are part of the National Historical Museum. Its goal is that the public knows the process of formation of the country as an independent state.

The museum is located in a colonial house built in 1783, which since 1830 was the residence of General Lavalleja, Provisional Governor of the Eastern State, his wife Ana Monterroso and their children. The house is structured on two levels, around two open courtyards. Inside, it maintains original carpentry, bars, floors and coatings.

The exhibitions that the museum has are:

  • “Juan Manuel Besnes e Irigoyen, invented, wrote and drew”: It presents a journey through the production of Juan Manuel Besnes e Irigoyen in its different dimensions: artistic calligraphy, oil painting, watercolor, lithography and technological supplies that he created and used.
  • “Creole Items, the Roberto J. Bouton Collection”: A selection of pieces related to Creole horse riding, “guasquería” (products made from horse and cow leather), pumpkin and silver mates, weapons, kitchen utensils, among other objects of a curious nature that Dr. Roberto J. Bouton collected while he practiced his profession in Santa Clara de Olimar, department of Treinta y Tres.
  • Both exhibitions have visual resources in LSU (Uruguayan Sign Language).

Also in the house is Dr. Pablo Blanco Acevedo library and the collection of manuscripts of the National Historical Museum.


1469 Zabala and 25 de Mayo St.

Free admission
Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.
Type of audiences
All audiences

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