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Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige

Gustavo Le Paige 380, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
56 55 851002
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Type: Museums
Description: Established in 1955 by Belgian priest Gustavo Le Paige, this vital museum covers 11,000 years of Atacameña culture.
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A fabulous place, told us how South America came to be. Fantastic illustrations and explanations on the fauna, flora and people of the Atacama region. We also learnt about Father Le Paige who was a Catholic priest and did a lot of missionary work. There is a lovely exhibition of his paintings which are really interesting to look at. Have... More

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Chalgrove, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I know the title of this sounds bad, however as it is a tourist destination, I think that the descriptors should be in multiple languages, rather than just Spanish. I can speak enough to get by, but not the historical and technical terms of a native speaker. In some cases there was dual descriptions, however not all, so I felt... More

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This little museum in a little village in a little oasis in a huge desert of salty dry earth surprises us with an incredible wealth of archaeological treasure and the interesting story line exposed in just seven areas. Walk through and read some in 45 mins or take a guided tour (pre-arranged by email) in a little over an hour.... More

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Moscow
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Interesting museum, here you can see different artifacts of life of San Pedro's indigenous p.s a mummy is no longer exposed. http://fashionpeekaboo.com/san-pedro-de-atacama/

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Sydney
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

We had only a short time available to visit the museum as we had to catch our bus back to Calama , but so glad we did spend the few dollars ??I can't recall how much it cost ..to enter Fascinating museum, learned so much about the area. Think it would be great to begin your visit to SPdA with... More

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Toronto, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went because our guidebook recommended the museum as a top choice. The cost was WAY too steep and we spent maybe 20 minutes wandering looking at the pots. If the museum was free we would have no qualms, but because it was so expensive (like everything n San Pedro) we felt ripped off.

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North Chicago, Illinois
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448 reviews 448 reviews
210 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Excellent museum with excellent signage in English. Also has a very nice gift shop. It took me about an hour to get thru the museum as I looked at everything, but I think most people would spend about half an hour. There is a good ATM across the street from the museum.

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Brasil
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Very interesting museum, with important things to complete the unterstanding of the region, but the atacameños asked to remove from the museum important mummies, so blocking our access to this part of the humanity history.

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Very good explanations of the cultural influences on this region where there has been human habitation in the desert for at least 10,000 years. Interesting explanation of how these cultures lived and the art they produced.

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Salvador, BA
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Let it be clear, in first place, that I think the Museum took the right decision to remove the mummies that once were its greatest highlight, in respect to the Atacama's peoples and heritage. That said, as rough as it may sound, now they're gone there's not much else to see. What's left is a very small museum for such... More

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