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Brief Published: 22 Feb 2011



Glaciarium, the first museum dedicated to Patagonian Ice, opened its doors in January on the outskirts of El Calafate, Argentina.

Situated close to the Perito Moreno Glacier, the ice museum is conceived as a place for comment and awareness building of the environmental and historical importance of these vital ecosystems.

The building itself echoes the caverns and ducts of the glaciers – with each one of the three main pods dedicated to a different aspect of glaciology.

However, scientific knowledge is not the sole focus of the museum. The final room boasts an ice bar, where visitors can sip vodkas and observe the untamed wilderness through the windows.