Valparaíso Region, a perfect tourism zone

Art, traditions and history; Valparaíso Region not only captivates for its beautiful landscapes, but also for being a reflection of the Chilean cultural heritage.

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The region’s capital, Valparaíso, receives thousands of visitors every year, charming them with its full of life and colourful streets; whereas the neighbouring cities captivate for their history and traditions. Known as one of the most important region when talking about cultural heritage, Valparaiso needs to have museums dedicated to its different aspects.

La Ligua Museum

Inaugurated in 1985, this museum seeks to investigate, preserve, spread and educate about the cultural heritage of La Ligua, always working hand in hand with the community. Within the collections, we find several items of archeological, historical and ethnographic value; such as perforated stones, pipes, ornaments, clay and wooden containers, and above all, several textile samples. This last aspect is also considered as one of the main economical activities of the city and the main reason why hundreds of people visit the town every year.

Vicente Huidobro Museum

Inherited by his mother, this house located in Cartagena was inhabited by the Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro and was inaugurated as a museum in 2013, with the purpose of preserving and spreading the legacy of the artist. The museum has several manuscripts and first editions of the works of the poet, along with documents, letters, photographs and personal objects; such as war helmets or a telephone that belonged to Hitler, bought during one of his trips. The museum also exhibits the bed in which he died, and within the property it is possible to visit his grave, declared a Historical Monument in 1992.

Organological Museum of Valparaíso

The only organological museum of Chile was created by Fernando Ramíres Escare, an architect that has been collecting, studying and restoring musical instruments for many years. Within its premises it is possible to find more than 600 instruments that were built throughout different decades and in different places of the world; dividing its collection into four main rooms: Membranophones (drums), Idiophones (triangles, maracas, bells, rattles), Aerophones (flutes) and Chordophones (violins, guitars). The museum opens only when requested by the public and with previous notice.

Puppet and Clown TeatroMuseo

Created in 2007 by the Teatromuseo Foundation, it has as its main goal to turn Valparaíso into the “Cultural capital of Puppets and Clowns”. This museum divides its exhibitions under three main criteria. The first deals with everything that has to do with puppets and its different techniques of manipulation, the second portrays the world of the clowns and its different categories; such as the Auguste, Whiteface and the Tramp. The last exhibition is composed of itinerant art, providing space for painters, photographers and toy makers to expose their art.

Pablo Neruda Foundation MuseumIsla Negra and La Sebastiana

For decades the Pablo Neruda Foundation has dedicated itself to the preservation, study and the cultural dissemination of the work and life of the artist; putting an emphasis in the upkeep of Neruda’s houses. La Sebastiana and his house in Isla Negra are found within the Valparaíso Region and they both receive hundreds of local and international visitors. Within the museums it is possible to appreciate works made by the artist, along with personal objects. Paintings, maps, boat’s figurehead and hundreds of bottles are part of the collection.

Sebastián Englert Anthropological Museum

This museum that is located in Easter Island carries the name of the priest Sebastián Englert, who dedicated 34 years of his life to the study of the language, the traditions and the archaeological heritage of the Rapa Nui people. It was created in 1973 based on the archeological pieces collected by the priest, an initiative that increased the study and the restoration of many pieces from this culture. Nowadays, the museum has an average of 20.000 objects, among which there is an eye of a moai, duplicates of the Rongo Rongo scripts, tools and a moai with female traits.

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