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Brief Published: 10 Feb 2011

The Glaciarium


Last month, Glaciarium – the first museum in the world dedicated to the science of glaciology – opened in Calafate, South Argentina, in a building that echoes the caverns and ducts of its surrounding glaciers.

As home to some of the country’s most beautiful and dramatic natural landscapes, including 22,000 sq km of glacier, Calafate offers the perfect location and scenic backdrop for the museum.

Inside, ambient blue lighting and decreasing temperatures create an immersive sensory experience, while another highlight is a tunnel displaying images of the devastating effects of climate change.

The museum also boasts an ice bar, where visitors can sip vodka whilst enjoying stunning views of the untamed wilderness that surrounds the Glaciarium.

Designed by architects Estudio Güiraldes y Cordeyro, the museum is both a research and educational centre, which aims to develop greater awareness of the environmental importance of glacial ecosystems.