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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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Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century,...

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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Good history of Easter Island plus

Excellent guide gave history of Easter Island in English as well as going through the Mapuche exhibit telling of their customs. Easter Island belongs to Chile and is assigned to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
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Bellevue, Washington, USA

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Norfolk, Virginia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is inexpensive to visit. The high point is the first floor exhibits of pre-Columbian artifacts, for which there is some English translation. There was an English speaking docent present to help. The WI-FI audioguide feature was not functional. The exhibits are small but informative. The upstairs exhibits are old school bugs and taxidermy in cases. Minimal English translation... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had already been to too many museums in Santiago so didnt want to over do it. just stopped by this place to take a picture with the Moa outside. the museum was really fool and it is close to the casino.

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Excellent guide gave history of Easter Island in English as well as going through the Mapuche exhibit telling of their customs. Easter Island belongs to Chile and is assigned to the "state" of Valparaiso so is strongly linked to this area The lighting was not always very good but the narration was excellent. We didn't have time to go through... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Best way to learn. Alexandro was a wonderful guide. Patient with encyclopedic knowledge. But the tour moved quickly and covered the peoples from Peru to Patagonia to Easter island.

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We stopped at the museum primarily to view the Maoi (Easter Island statue) which stands outside. The rest of the museum is pretty unremarkable. A few things are translated into English. There is an interesting exhibit of Mapuche silverwork. The upstairs is primarily mounted bugs and taxidermy animals from around the world. The entrance fee is nominal, but if you... More 

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

For less than 4USD, this is a nice way to spend an hour or so. The downstairs has a good number of artifacts. The most interesting to me was the mummy. The taxidermy upstairs was not of the quality you might expect in US museums.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

This museum cost 2,500CLP today (Nov 10/2015) for each adult. We had an excellent woman who guided us through the downstairs exhibit rooms. She spoke English for us and completely made the difference between a so-so experience of simply reading the short English descriptions on the display panels and getting a real education on the history and culture of the... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

The sole Easter Island Moai stands outside the museum surrounded by a high rise resort short on beaches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

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 14, 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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