The historical room Sergeant Oscar Ramon Alfonso is located in the Army Antarctic Direction in the beautiful neighborhood of San Telmo. Its beginnings date back to the early Antarctic explorers and their families who donated part of the heritage of the first expeditions to Antarctica, such as everyday elements from different periods.
As in any other museum it is possible to find all kinds of items, but also be part of the Antarctic history through the ancient shelters, old snow vehicles, scale models of the Antarctic stations, newspaper articles about the great Antarctic deeds, photographs, snow suits used by General Hernan Pujato in the first expeditions to the continent and the first Argentinean flag to be raised in the South Pole in 1965 years. There are also some old radios which allowed communications with the most remote places among many other interesting items of history that the army and it’s men have built in the while continent.
The snowmobiles, sleds, and even a simulated block of ice with petrified Antarctic species on it, make visitors feel like they really are in the southern end of the earth.
While the Argentinean Army serves on the continent since 1951, only in 1953 the Defense Ministry created a specific Antarctic Section because of its importance, and became the organization in charge of the operation of the stations and the coordination of the supplies for future relays.
As years went by, Argentina created the Antarctic Command in May 31, 1979 in charge of Col. Jose Maria Toribio Vaca as the first Commander. Since then, the agency has the important mission of planning, implementing and leading the Army’s activities in Antarctica and advise the Government in all aspects of Antarctic issues.
Schools and institutions who want to visit the museum can send an e-mail or a note to the Army Antarctic Direction.
Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 12 pm and can be arranged for students of primary, secondary or university levels.