Federal Police Museum
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Had big plans today for seeing some more museums, but the two main ones were ´shut for renovations´or ´shut and don´t know where the stuff has gone!!´. We had lunch at home and then headed out into the thick fog to the Museo Mitre in San Martin - found a sign on the door saying it´s closed for renovations. This is becoming a habit here, we are told by tourist info centres that places are open and then turn up to find that they have been closed for a while. The official tourist info offices here are not the most reliable or informative, although we have struck a couple of really helpful people who don´t try to shove you onto commercial tours. Went across the road to the Federal Police Musuem to be told it would be open at 2pm (about 20 minutes away).
Went back to the Police Museum at 3pm to find it open, and looked after by a very friendly lady whose brother-in-law is Australian, so we got in for free (although the book says there´s a small charge). This is a very worthwhile museum with interesting items such as uniforms, old police and fire brigade equipment, information about finger printing and identification as well as evidence from various notorious crimes.
WARNING: *** The last two rooms are extremely graphic and gruesome and certainly not for the faint-hearted or children. They contain crime scene photographs and evidence from murders, suicides and accidents and leave nothing to the imagination. Photos are included of human remains following collisions with trains, shootings, knifings, dismemberments and so on and while the information about the police case and how the crimes were solved is fascinating, the pictures may be very difficult for some to bear. Noel is not someone who can sit through an episode of ER without closing his eyes, so found this area quite heavy going!
Overall, the museum is definitely worth a visit, although not well advertised.