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Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck

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Address: Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar, Chile
Phone Number: +56 32 268 6753
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Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th...
Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century, this impressive building was acquired by the local Municipal Authorities in 1985, and converted into a museum. Focus in two principal collections is a natural history department dedicated to Chile's native fauna and flora; and an archaeological department offering a permanent display related to the indigenous peoples of Northern Chile, the Aconcagua region and the Mapuche in the south of the country. The museum also houses one of the most important collections in the world related to Easter Island, including the only genuine Moai statue in the whole of continental Chile, outside in the museum garden. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English.
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This museum was very well maintained and it would take at least 2 hours to see this properly. however, we went around in half hour and could not cover this in its entirety. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We popped to the museum for an hour and wished we'd had more time! We had a free tour in English in which Yvonne guided us through the cultures and stories of the original Chilean populations (including the Easter Islands) then whizzed around the upper floor before having to leave. Allow plenty of time to either pop back, or revisit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This museum was very well maintained and it would take at least 2 hours to see this properly. however, we went around in half hour and could not cover this in its entirety. The Maori statue was the highlight of this place! Once, you cover this place, there is no need to visit Isla De Pascua or you get more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I had gone through the Museo Colchagua in Santa Cruz just a few days earlier and while this museum is much smaller, it still has exhibits on the same par as Colchagua ...plus explanations were given in English as well as Spanish. There is a natural history section that gives information about Chile's native plants and animals. Then there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The Fonck Museum is the place to go and see a Moai from the Easter Island. And inside the museum there are rare artifacts of the indigenous people of Chile. A nice place to visit for a couple of hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Compared with the interactive plastic perfection of modern day big city museums, the insect collections and wooden staircase of this museum made me think of intrepid archeologists and entomologists in the bygone days scoured the world purely in the interests of discovery. Don't miss the audio recording of someone (an elder?) giving the folktale version of how maoi came to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Well worth the visit take your time and don't forget to go upstairs also. Glad I added it to my must do list !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

As we had decided not to go to Easter Island, it was a pleasant surprise to find a 3 meter plus Moai outside this Museum. Didn't go to the museum but now I have some great photos of a Moai.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Conveniently located in Avenida Libertad, the Fonck has a beautiful MOAI statue outside and you can visit it right after breakfast, on your way to Reñaca, a seaside resort a few miles up north.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This small but very interesting museum is worth a visit! The ticket is cheap (2500 pesos per person). There is a free guided tour inSpanish but she does speak English and is very knowledgeable. There are 3 areas in the museum: Chilean mainland history, Easter Island history and natural history. Very beautiful artefacts and fotography allowed. We enjoyed it very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

What a wonderful museum! 3m tall Moai outside, pleasant gardens to sit in the sun (both free to access) small museum but entry fee is reasonable for its size ($2500CLP at time of writing). Downstairs has a good room with several Easter Island objects and info plus a few other rooms with artefacts plus 3 shrunken heads and a video... More 

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Address: Address: Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar, Chile
Phone Number: +56 32 268 6753
Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Valparaiso Region  >  Vina del Mar
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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