Tonight! Explore museums of Chile’s capital for free

Major cultural sites of Santiago will be open from 6:00 p.m. to midnight this November 23 for the Museos de Medianoche event, or Museums at Midnight. 

Looking for a fun (and free!) activity for tonight? Then check out the museums and galleries open late for this evening’s Museos de Medianoche (Museums at Midnight). Nearly 20 museums throughout Santiago will be open free of charge and outside of normal hours, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight on November 23, 2012.
Tonight’s Museos de Medianoche celebrates 10 years of the event, which in previous editions has drawn over 50,000 visitors.
Major sites open late tonight include the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo Histórico Nacional, Centro Cultural La Moneda, Matucana 100, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.
The following is a breakdown by location of the sites open for Museos de Medianoche. Addresses can be found at the Museo de Medianoche Facebook page.
Barrio Bellas Artes – Lastarria
At the Museo de Artes Visuales, Chile’s main visual arts museum, the exhibits Nuestro Sitio: Artistas de América del Sur (Our Site: South American Artists), and MAVI la Colección, Los 90 (Mavi Collection, The 90) will be open for viewing. Guided tours are available for both exhibitions from 7.00 p.m. onwards, plus live music and a film series.
Located in the same building, the capital city’s archeology museum Museo Arqueológico de Santiago will present their exhibit Chile Ancestral. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo will offer two video installations as well as guided tours of the museum throughout the evening.
Centro Gabriela Mistral will keep doors open to its Artes Visuales, MAPA, and BiblioGAM rooms. The Universidad Católica extension center, or Centro de Extensión UC, will feature the exhibit Héroes de la Fe: Cristianos Perseguidos en el Siglo XXI (Heroes of Faith: Christians Persecuted in the XXI Century). The Centro Cultural La Moneda will open its Grandes Modernos exhibit which features a selection of works by artists from the twentieth century. The Galería Gabriela Mistral will present the exhibit Dicen Que Somos el Atraso, (They Say We Are Backwards), curated by Rodrigo Quijano of Perú.
Plaza de Armas
Chile’s national history museum, or Museo Histórico Nacional will open the doors to its permanent exhibitions as well as the exhibit Baile y Fantasía (Dance and Fantasy). Galería de Arte Posada del Corregidor will present a photography exhibit by Jaime Villasecat. Foto-Galería Instituto ARCOS will also feature a variety of photography exhibits.
Barrio Italia
Visitors are invited to tour the house of the former president of Chile at the Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva. The Fundación Telefónica will also be open, exhibiting more than 70 works of figurative paintings, prints from the 60s and 70s, wooden and metallic sculptures, photos, and videos, among others objects. Meanwhile, just blocks away, the Museo Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna will have a photography exhibit on display featuring photographs from Central Chile. The Museo Histórico Carabineros de Chile, Chile’s police museum, will have guided tours of its exhibition halls.
Barrio República
The Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende will have multiple exhibits open and offer guided tours every half-hour from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Quinta Normal
The Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Chile’s museum of memory and human rights, will have multiple exhibitions open from 9:00 p.m. onward. Centro Cultural Matucana 100 will have a variety of mediums on display, from drawings to sculptures to videos.
Barrio Bellavista
Galería 64 joins this initiative with its Imaginario Colectivo exhibition, which brings together the work of 16 contemporary Chilean photographers to answer the question: what picture represents your collective imagination?
Barrio 18
The Museo Histórico Militar, which covers Chile’s military history from the Inca period until 1962, will offer guided tours of all its permanent exhibition halls from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.