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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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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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If you do or don't go to the island It's a must see collection

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Great little museum to visit. It won't blow your mind, nor your wallet. but for the price you can learn a lot about the pre-european inhabiters of these lands.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

. . . .why not spend a little time here and learn something about it? Also, don't miss the room of artifacts from the Mapuche, from southern Chile. You won't find these displays in many other places, so GO!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

This is a small museum, but has a lot of interesting artifacts and information, particularly from Rapa Nui. Nothing earth-shattering, and the display of taxidermy upstairs was a little creepy, but I found it worth visiting.

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