Discover the rich cultural legacy of Montevideo's Prado district when you take this museum tour. Best of all its free!
Prado Museums Free Tour
Montevideo is a city steeped in cultural heritage and the best example of this is in the numerous museums found around the Prado district, all of which are free to enter. Our walking tour of this neighborhood begins in front of the Juan Manuel Blanes Museum of Arts. We will visit this marvelous venue at the end of the tour, but first, we head to the Mendilaharsu villa, historically a stately home for a noble family of the same name but where today you will find the National Museum of Anthropology. Besides the museum's fascinating exhibits, you will also encounter the villa's interior patio with a beautiful fountain as its centerpiece.
Our walking tour then continues to the Museo de la Memoria (Museum of Memory), where you have 15 minutes of your own free time to browse the permanent collection of this small center dedicated to remembering and honoring the victims of the Uruguayan dictatorship of 1973 to 1985. This museum building was also the residence of former president and dictator Maximo Santos.
Our guide will lead you past the spectacular Prado Chico park and through some of the most charming streets in the area before we finally arrive back at the original starting point: the Quinta García de Zuñiga, home to the Blanes Museum of Fine Arts. We will enter the venue to view its fantastic collection of Uruguayan artworks from throughout the country's history. The icing on the cake of this visit is the stunning Japenese Garden which you will discover behind the museum.
- You can reserve our free tour for up to a maximum of 6 people. If you are part of a larger group, you should reserve our guided walking tour of Montevideo.
- Children under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. A maximum of three children per adult is permitted.
- This tour enters the museums referred to in the itinerary, entrance to which is free.
- This activity may be cancelled in the case of bad weather.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
The activity takes place with a guide that simultaneously speaks in English and other languages.
English, Spanish and Portuguese speaking guide specialising in the history of Montevideo.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Bookings are permitted up until 14 hours before the activity as long as there are still places.
We will send you a voucher that you can show on your phone to take part in the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Juan Manuel Blanes Municipal Museum of the Arts