Rocsen Museum in Córdoba: a dream come true
I first visited Rocsen Museum 2 years ago and when I arrived I had the feeling of being in front of something different. Rocsen means “saint rock” in the Celtic language, and it is a “multifaceted” museum created and operated since 1969 by Juan Santiago Bouchon, a French anthropologist, curator and passionate collector. The museum is 13km away from Mina Clavero and 5km away from Nono, in Córdoba Province (about 900km from Buenos Aires).
Juan first arrived to Argentina in 1950, and after ten years he moved to a small town in Córdoba: Nono. After another decade of hard work, he made his dream come true by building the first 100 square metres of the museum (now, it has more than 1500 square metres). He owns the biggest private collection of archeological and anthropological pieces in Argentina, which includes rocks, animal skeletons, aboriginal art, clothing from the past century, toys, musical instruments and all sorts of pieces ever made by men. He started collecting rocks and insects at the age of three, and founding Rocsen was his biggest dream.
The collection is arranged by theme. There are 8 rooms where you can find treasures and a lot of history, based around themes like “Physics and Chemistry”, “Man and his Environment”, “The Biology Room”, “Physical Anthropology” and “Social Man”.
“I’ve observed that people who are not scientifically trained tend to be easily tired at monothematic museums, that is why the Rocsen Museum is as diverse as it possibly be”.
Juan himself made the big museum facade where you can see 49 handmade statues of the most prominent people from around the world, like Leonardo Da Vinci, Mahatma Ghandi, Teresa de Calcuta and Martin Luther King. He explains they all have in common that they were pacifists, and above all they were humanists. They represent the evolution of thought.
“The responsible work of actually creating a museum goes beyond preservation of an item because today, everything disappears, everything is recycled, crises destroy them, wars annihilate them. The residual materials disappear, the objects that speak of an era, a lifestyle, a feeling, a story. And if the history of the people disappears, its identity disappears, and a people without identity loses its sovereignty.”
How to get there
Once you’re in town ( Nono) it’s quite easy to get to the museum. There’s only 5km away from town and there are plenty of signs on the road. The museum is open all year long from 9 am till sunset.
Here’s a photo gallery of my last visit: