The museum is located on the boundary of the Naval Station in Ushuaia. For a AR$60 (US$15) entrance fee you can spend a few hours exploring the history of the area and learning a bit about Antarctica.
At first, the fee seems a bit steep but it is valid for a 48 hour period. However, discovering that the museum does not receive any government support makes me feel a little better about departing with my dollars.
Entering the museum there are models of the many ships that have navigated the area since it's earlier recorded history.
Magellan was the first European who sighted the land here and called it “Tierra de los Fuegos”, The Land Of Fire.
Using these canoes in search of food, the Yamanas followed the seal population to this area. When the Europeans first arrive here there were over 4,000 Yamana's, today only 1 one pure female Yamana remains.
Besides local history there are also other interesting exhibits about Antarctica and marine activity in the area. The museum houses a replica of the original “El Fin del Mundo” lighthouse which is quite different than I expected a lighthouse to be.
Originally situated on an island far southeast of here, sailors often complained about it's ineffectiveness in helping them navigate the area. Apparently, it's beacon was less visible than stated.
The US$15 admission fee becomes worth it to me, after all. Dollars well spent.