As a convenient gateway to wilderness and wildlife, the city is a magnet for adventurous travelers. Check out our 3-day itinerary to help you make the most of your time in Ushuaia.
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province
Most visitors to the area come to cruise the Beagle Channel and explore the islands, known for their colonies of gentoo and Magellanic penguins. Many tours also include a visit to the Acatushun Museum to learn more about the region’s marine mammals. Inside, an innovative “underwater” display featuring life-size models of the animals alongside their skeletons helps bring the exhibits to life. Specimens include dolphins, porpoises, seals, whales, and sea lions, along with more than 80 different species of birds.
Things to Know Before You Go
Visitors can explore the museum on a guided or self-guided tour.
Information panels are available in English and Spanish.
Plan up to an hour to visit the small museum.
How to Get There
The museum is located at Estancia Harberton along the coast of the Beagle Channel, around 53 miles (85 kilometers) east of Ushuaia. It’s easy to find along National Route 3, but most visitors opt to explore as part of a day trip from Ushuaia or a boat cruise along the Beagle Channel.
When to Get There
The Acatushun Museum is open daily from midmorning to evening from mid-October to mid-April only.
The museum is part of Estancia Harberton, one of the oldest farms in the Tierra del Fuego region. In addition to visiting the museum, it’s possible to tour the historic farm, including the old shearing shed, carpenter’s workshop, boat house, and 19th-century terrace gardens. Preserved as a nature reserve, the farm is home to an impressive variety of native flora and provides a fascinating insight into life at the southernmost tip of the continent.
- Estancia Harberton
- Penguin Island (Isla Yecapasela)
- Akatushun Museum (Museo Akatushun)
- Lake Escondido
- Fuegian Andes
- Lake Fagnano
- Esmeralda Lagoon (Laguna Esmeralda)
- End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo)
- Beagle Channel
- Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse
- Ushuaia Maritime Museum (Museo Marítimo y del Presidio)
- Ushuaia Cruise Port
- Maritime Museum (Old Ushuaia Prison)
- End of the World Museum (Museo del Fin del Mundo)
- Tierra del Fuego National Park