Admire the pink façade of one of Argentina’s most recognizable buildings, take a tour of its halls and galleries and visit a museum displaying political artifacts.
The pink façade and palace-like architecture of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) make it one of Argentina’s most recognizable and photographed buildings. The nation’s equivalent of the White House, the casa has been the home of the presidential offices since the 1860s. Walk in the footsteps of Argentina’s presidents and learn about the country’s political history.
Stand back and admire the architectural work and pink décor. Two unconfirmed theories explain the color choice. One is that President Domingo Sarmiento felt pink represented a combination of the colors of two rival political parties from the late 1800s. Another suggests the use of cow blood as paint, a common practice at the time, which turned a salmon-pink color when dry. Either way, the building is captivating, especially when illuminated at night by pink lights.
Join a guided tour for the chance to view presidential salons and galleries. Glimpse inside the president’s office, spot antique paintings and sculptures and admire arcaded patios and ornate furniture. Step out onto the Presidential Balcony, from where political leaders such as Eva Perón and dictator Leopoldo Galtieri have addressed the nation. The balcony offers great views over Plaza de Mayo.
Learn about Argentine history from the 1810 May Revolution to the 2010 bicentenary at the Museo del Bicentenario (Bicentenary Museum). A highlight is the Ejercicio Plastico mural by Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, a 360-degree art experience. Exhibits are displayed in the vaults of the former Aduana Taylor (Taylor Customs House), which until 1894 welcomed goods and people arriving in Buenos Aires by riverboat via the Río de la Plata.
The Casa Rosada is on the east side of Plaza de Mayo, a short walk from Buenos Aires’ city center. The casa is easily reached via public buses and the metro.
Free tours take place on weekends and select public holidays. Tours last about 1 hour and are available in English. Identification is required to join a tour. The museum is open from Wednesday through Sunday and on select public holidays. Admission is free. Visit the Casa Rosada’s official website for complete tour and museum hours.