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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
As featured in 3 Days in Santiago and 1 other guide
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Address: Bandera 361, Santiago 8320298, Chile
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte...

The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino) in Santiago, Chile is a jewel among the world's museums and a highlight to any trip to Chile. Widely regarded as one of the best museums in Latin America, this unique establishment houses an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Central and South America, which underscores the rich cultural diversity and artistic splendor of the Pre-Columbian Americas.

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OK, let's deal with the no photography in museums as below. The textile room is dimmed simply because light degrades cloth, so it should be pretty obvious that no photographs are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

OK, let's deal with the no photography in museums as below. The textile room is dimmed simply because light degrades cloth, so it should be pretty obvious that no photographs are required, good on the guard. Further why don't folks look at the exhibits rather than lean over others with a camera and then walk away? This museum is well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Look out for the over zealous guard in the textiles room, he wants no pictures, there ia no signage, it is a separate climate controlled room, but the guard is over the top, no other place in museum has a no picture's rule. There is a notice in the visitor guide, but I read it after we left, and the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I are not big on museum visits, but this was included as part of our private half day city tour. We were pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of well preserved objects and impressed by the presentation of the displays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting museum with extremely well presented displays of mainly ceramic artifacts from pre colombian civilizations of central & South America

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a compact museum that it is possible to see everything in a few hours. Well worth the time: lovely artifacts from many major Central and South American culture. One gallery devoted to "masterpieces" from many cultures. Don't miss the basement gallery with mummies, huge quipus and totem pole like artifacts!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this very interesting museum. It goes back to Chile before Chile with some wonderfully preserved artefacts on the lower ground floor and the pre columbian exhibition on the first floor. There is a charge of Chilean peso 4500 as its a private foundation, unlike the government museums which are free. Having said that it's well worth the money... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This gem of Santiago presents information and artefacts from all the pre colombian civilisations with a strong focus to the ones that inhabited Chile. Arrange to have plenty of time so to enjoy it fully. Good information and beautiful exhibits.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

costs 4,500 each tog et in but worth every pesos - the exhibits really explain the history of Chile and provide context for everything you see - best done before you go elsewhere in Chile

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was my favorite activity during our recent stay in Santiago. the ancient artifacts bring the various pre-Columbian peoples to life by honoring their craftsmanship, creativity, and industry. textiles, pottery, statuary, and tools are in abundance, and the cleverness and inventiveness speak to the advanced nature of the distinctive indigenous societies. this memorable cultural experience was enhanced by their interesting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A treasure is this museum. Incredible pieces telling the story of Latin America and its peoples, such as Mayas, Incas, Mapuches. The room with the textile pieces enchanted me. There is an interactive room for children where even adults have a lot of fun. Unfortunately I had problems using the Museum's app and I did not get all the information... More 

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