The Ice Museum: a nice visit from El Calafate

Glaciarium, the ice museum in El Calafate


The Ice Museum is dedicated to the study of glaciers and their impact on the environment. It is a modern and interactive space where visitors can learn about the formation and movement of glaciers, their importance in regulating the planet’s climate, and the effects of climate change on these natural wonders.

The museum offers a variety of exhibits and displays, including a replica of a glacial cave, interactive screens and multimedia presentations, and a panoramic cinema where visitors can watch films about glaciers and Patagonia. Additionally, Glaciarium has a research center, a conference room, and a souvenir shop.

Glaciarium also offers guided tours to the nearby Glaciarium Patagonian Ice and Water Observatory, which provides visitors with an opportunity to see the different stages of water formation, from snowflakes to icebergs. The observatory has a balcony that offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape and the Andes Mountains.

Visiting Glaciarium is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the natural wonders that make Patagonia such a unique and beautiful place. The museum is suitable for people of all ages and interests, and is a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to El Calafate.

The Ice Bar

One of the highlights of Glaciarium is the Ice Bar, a room where everything is made of ice, including the walls, the bar, and even the glasses. Visitors can enjoy a drink in this unique setting, which maintains a constant temperature of -10°C (14°F).


How to reach the Ice Museum from El Calafate?

To reach Glaciarium from El Calafate, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus service is provided by the museum and runs from El Calafate to Glaciarium and back at specific times throughout the day. The bus can be booked in advance online or at the museum’s ticket office in El Calafate. Alternatively, you can also rent a car and drive to Glaciarium. The museum is located about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from El Calafate, and the drive takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

The opening times

Glaciarium’s opening times can vary depending on the season. In general, it is open daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm during the summer months (October to April) and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during the winter months (May to September). However, it’s always a good idea to check the museum’s official website or contact them directly to confirm the opening hours as they may change due to holidays or special events


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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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