Andes Tragedy and Miracle (1972) Museum
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Andes Tragedy and Miracle (1972) Museum, (Spanish: Museo Andes 1972) is located in The Old City in Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay. .
It is a museum on the story of the 1972 Andes flight disaster related to a plane accident that took place in the Andes in 1972 involving a group of Uruguayan high school rugby players, their friends and relatives that were traveling to Chile when the airplane crashed. Some of them belonged to the Old Christians rugby club. Their story on how they survived the tragedy was transmitted worldwide by means of books, documentaries, pictures and conferences and it has been an inspiration to the film Alive and many books.
The museum pays homage to the memory of the 29 people who died due to the plane accident in the Andes and to those who risked their lives to save the rest. It is a reminder of those 16 Uruguayans who came back to life after the 72 days in the Andes freezing weather conditions with no food and proper clothing. It is a private enterprise declared of cultural and turistic interest by the MEC and the Ministerio de Turismo y Deporte de Uruguay.
The museum is open from Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
A visit to the museum is an interesting and educational experience for children aged 12 and up; it is advisable to prepare younger children for their visit. Children often have many questions during -and after- a visit to the Museum.
The museum displays objects, realia, documents and photographs related to the Andes Tragedy in 1972.
Many tourists from different parts of the world visit this museum since it is an object of social studies, as documented in the museum visitor's book. Therefore, there is graphic and textual information in Spanish and English.
There is a store that offers books, T-shirts and other souvenirs related to the Museum´s subject.