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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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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 small museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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41 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This museum is dusty and tired. It is in urgent need of a revamp. There is a small entrance fee of 2500 CH. There are bilingual boards explaining the history of the area and a few stone and gold artefacts. There is a room showing some personal posessions. A small gift shop selling cards etc. The history you can get... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Me and my boyfriend were rudely attended at the archeological museum in the center of San Pedro de Atacama. Besides answering our inquiries with a rude attitude, the oldwoman in the reception desk refused to accept my money to pay for the tickets. I had just withdrawn 20.000 pesos from the bank and she refused to accept. Before me, I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

If you want to learn a bit more about the Atacama region's development and settlement, this is the place to do it. Otherwise you can probably skip it and not miss much. Definitely educational and fairly priced for what you get to see.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I came for the mummies but they were not there anymore, because of respect for the dead. The museum shows a movie about taking the mummies away. The museum is very small and a lot of stuff is the same, some rocks, ancient tools etc. Also not everything is translated to english this makes it is less interesting..

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