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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
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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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Good for completeness and English translation

As you enter the museum, there is a 25 minute documentary that you can see on why did they remove the mummified bodies of the Atacamenan ancestors from the museum.. It is a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Interesting although very brief review of archaeological history of the region, but the mummies have been moved and things did not seem too different from Peru / Bolivia. Did not address who the people were, where they went, daily lives etc. Avoid the bathrooms.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

As you enter the museum, there is a 25 minute documentary that you can see on why did they remove the mummified bodies of the Atacamenan ancestors from the museum.. It is a good discussion of how the indigenous people felt... the museum then traces the origins of people in the valley all the way to 12000 BC and almost... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The museum no longer displays the mommies which gave weight to the exhibit. The exhibit consists of artifacts, maps and descriptions of human settlements in the area. The most disappointing feature of this museum is the lack of cleanliness of the toilette facilities. It was very bad. It lacked privacy. The smell was unbearable.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

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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Address: Gustavo Le Paige 380, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Phone Number: 56 55 851002
Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Antofagasta Region  >  San Pedro de Atacama
Open Hours:
Sunday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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