Maritime museum and penitentiary

The Maritime Museum of Ushuaia is located in the building of the former Prison of Ushuaia. The building of the prison, which was closed down in 1947, was declared a National Historic Monument by the National Congress in April 1997. Nowadays, the Argentine Navy and the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia are recovering its facilities for visitors. By visiting Pavilion IV, you will get to know the first Prison of Tierra del Fuego (1896), the project to set up a Penal Colony, and the construction of the present building. This pavilion includes materials about the convicts, their work, punishments, the closing of the prison, and the sad stories of some of the most renowned prisoners. The second floor lodges a permanent exhibit about the Provincial Police and a permanent exhibit of the National Penitentiary Service. The museum also has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the maritime history of the island.