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Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige

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Address: Gustavo Le Paige 380, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Phone Number: 56 55 851002
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2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Description: Established in 1955 by Belgian priest Gustavo Le Paige, this vital museum...
Established in 1955 by Belgian priest Gustavo Le Paige, this vital museum covers 11,000 years of Atacameña culture.
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Great place to visit the history of the Atacama desert, but something missing

I'm Chilean and visited this museum long time ago, when father le Paige was alive! and the museum was his house. I know I was lucky to be able to visit this museum when you could... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

No doubt this museum was good when it still had the mummies but their removal in 2007 leaves very little of note to see here. I definitely wouldn't recommend people waste their money on this place.

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I'm Chilean and visited this museum long time ago, when father le Paige was alive! and the museum was his house. I know I was lucky to be able to visit this museum when you could see all just in shelves and touch the history, told by Le Paige himself. Well, it lost it wonderfull magic , but now it's... More 

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New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The museum itself is quite interesting. But beware of the shop! Everything is absolutely overpriced. I bought a Copec map of the San Pedro Region for 7500 pesos and figured out later that these maps are sold for less than 3000 pesos. Another book I was considering goes in the shop for 21500 Pesos, which costs in the real world... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

the exposition is very dark, you can barely read the information. the exposition furniture is old and unappropriate, poorly and badly made.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This interesting museum is near the main square. Well worth the couple of hours to wander through and discover more about the history of the area. Good quality displays, could do with a little more English interpretation. Explained much of the missing information about the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Very interesting small museum that ypu can do in depth in an hour. Worth a visit if you need to fill in some time. It's has information on the people who inhabited the area from 10000 years ago to present day.

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This museum is quite small and boring to be honest. I only went here thinking there would be mummies but they have been removed. I would say it's only for history buffs and people who like dusty old museums.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We really like how they showed the historical context of Le Paige as well as the settlers in the area. It is very friendly for kids and not expensive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This museum has a very interesting and complete collection of pieces from the Atacameña culture. It has a very good explanation of every item so you can make an idea of the life style of that culture.

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Waterloo, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Living in Belgium we just had to see the museum containing the work of Father Le Paige. We watched the interesting video discussion on what to do with the mummies -they have been removed from the museum at the request of the indigenous locals. But the video also highlighted their beliefs as to the afterlife etc. Most of the presentations... More 

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