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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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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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A Waste of Time

The main attraction of the museum was Miss Chile, the mummy. Some self important, silly functionaries decreed that the mummy would not be displayed for "cultural reasons" saying... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The main attraction of the museum was Miss Chile, the mummy. Some self important, silly functionaries decreed that the mummy would not be displayed for "cultural reasons" saying that the display was disrespectful. What nonsense. The remainder of the museum is a mishmash of pottery, tools, weapons and textiles.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Paying a 1h visit to the archaeological museum is worth it. The museum displays artifacts from the ancient until the more modern times in the area of Atacama, it gives an interesting insight on how people were living in the area and how their culture evolved. I would not advise anybody to miss a tour/visit in the amazing nature in... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I confess that my biggest interest was to go and see the mummies. But they aren't there anymore! It's an interesting place to learn a bit more of their archaeological past, but it wasn't that impressive for me.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Nobody told me there's gold, but there is. There's gold in this tiny little museum. It's only a few bracelets and necklaces, but still, it's pretty impressive for a few thousand CLP. Additionally, the exhibits that are in English provide great insight to how life was before Spanish colonialism and for those that can read Spanish, information on the influence... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Good quantity and quality of English explanations. Covers the full period of human population from ~12000 years ago to present, but mainly focused on pre-Inca.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

- Good overview over the history of the region - Having heard of a huge collection of artifacts by Father Le Paige, I would have expected more of them to be exhibited at the museum

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

For a regional museum this place is extremely well put together and very informative. A good place to visit first so that you can appreciate the region as you go round. Make sure you watch the video about why they don't exhibit mummies any more. Very interesting.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

An important place to gain insight into the Atacama desert. San Pedro isn't that big a place, so the museum is a must see.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A wonderful museum with an impressive collection of precolumbian - and later - Andean archeological items - a must to visit in San Pedro

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We visited back in July 2014 as part of a self-guided trip to San Pedro de Atacama, to my 9 & 6 years old the museum was a must. Sadly the mummies are no longer part of the exhibition. I blame myself for not doing more research, considering the mummies were actually removed in 2007. Other than that this museum... More 

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