Museums, historic windows

Santiago is one of the cities with the largest number of museums in Latin America. They hold heritage treasures that invite you to discover them.

Friday, July 24, 2009 Category: Culture - Business - Tourism - Daily life
Museo Arte Precolombino Museo Arte Precolombino (Photo:Turismo Chile)

San Francisco Colonial Museum

Located in the San Francisco Church, the oldest one in Santiago. This is a beautiful building with adobe walls that holds the most valuable collection of religious art from colonial times. The room contains the objects for self-flagellation that the Franciscans used to use, preferably during Easter Week. It also holds a collection on the life of San Francisco: 54 oil paintings made in Cuzco. This is the most valuable series of Colonial art in Chile and the best preserved in South America. Londres 4, Santiago Centro. Phone. 56-2-6398737.

La Chascona Museum-House

La Chascona is one of the homes that belonged to the poet Pablo Neruda. As with his houses in Valparaiso and Isla Negra, this one is a kind of maze of objects, large windows and magical rooms, now also transformed into a museum. It is located at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal and was designed by the Spaniard German Rodriguez Arias in 1953. It is an eclectic work full of hiding places, false doors, surreal objects, but above all books. For the same reason a surprising library stands out that, it is said, was the best that the poet treasured. Fernando Márquez de la Plata 0192. Phone. 56-2- 7778741.

Pre-Columbian Art Museum

Almost two decades have gone by since Sergio Larraín García-Moreno and the Municipality of Santiago founded the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian art. It operates in what used to be the Royal Customs Palace, one of the most important pre-republican buildings in the capital that was built in 1805 to house the colonial administration. The first floor of the building houses the temporary exhibition rooms, extension activities and the library. The permanent exhibit is in the second floor and the Chinchorro mummies, the oldest in the world, stand out among its valuable pieces. Bandera 361.

Mirador Interactive Museum (MIM)

The MIM is an educational museum that is ideal for visiting with children. It was built by authentic geniuses of fun who created some 100 games-exhibits that children can interact with. One of the most spectacular games is the one that invites you get inside a tornado. This is not the only surprise the MIM has to offer, as a museum that allows you to educationally understand physics and math problems. Sebastopol 90, Parque Brasil, La Granja. Phone. 56-2-2807800.

National Natural History Museum

This is a presentation of important anthropology, botany, zoology, mineralogy and paleontology collections and the museum is located inside the Quinta Normal Park. 

National History Museum

This museum holds a collection with close to 70,000 pieces related to the history of Chile from pre-Columbian times through the 20th century, such as pieces of furniture, portraits, religious objects, weapons, uniforms, dresses and others. On the north side of the Plaza de Armas 951.

Fine Arts Museum

Its painting, sculpture, and graphic arts collections are of well-known value, with approximately 5,600 original art works by the most important authors from our country and the world. The building was built in 1910 for the centennial celebrations of the country’s independence and the architecture is neoclassical with nods to Art Nouveau. The museum building is a national monument. Parque Forestal. Metro Bellas Artes.

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