The Colón theatre is considered one of the best opera houses in the world, together with La Scala in Milán, the Opera Garnier in Paris and the Royal Opera House in London, and is renowned for its acoustics and architecture.
Designed by Francesco Tamburini, Victor Meano and Jules Dormal, and built over 20 years, the theatre opened in 1908 and went on to host some of the most important conductors, singers and dancers of the twentieth century, including Igor Stravinsky, Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Rudolf Nureyev, Julio Bocca and Maximiliano Guerra.
It reopened to the public in 2010 following an ambitious restoration and renovation project undertaken by the city government.
The building also houses set and costume workshops and the renowned Instituto Superior de Arte, where future singers and dancers such as Julio Bocca and Maximiliano Guerra once trained.
Want to know more about the building's design, who's performed there, what life is like backstage, and why one Argentine president once booked every seat in the house? Then go along for a guided tour any day of the week.
You can learn about the architecture, history, and secrets of the Colón Theatre with a 50-minute guided tour that includes the main foyer, the Galería de Bustos and the Salón Dorado.
Tours start every 15 minutes from 9am to 5pm, every day except May 1, December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1.
On days when the Colón has free concerts at 11am (check the Colón agenda), there are no tours between 10am and 1.30pm.
On days when the Colón has its 5pm concerts, known as 'funciones vespertinas', the last guided tour will take place at 3pm.
The Colón does not take large group visits on Saturdays and Sundays, only weekdays. Email to reserve: reservasvisitas@
For group visits of over 20 persons, please call to reserve: +54 11 4378 7128.
School visits must be reserved in advance. Reservations are taken as of March 1, with limited availabiity. For more information, please email: escuelasvisitas@