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Parque Cultural de Valparaiso

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While only open to the public on the weekends, this former prison is one of the city's most vibrant art museums. It includes work from former inmates, some of whom currently work as presenters at the gallery.
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Calle Carcel St. 471 | Cárcel Hill, Valparaiso 2380138, Chile
+56 32 235 9400
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Really nice place for people staying in Valpo for at least a couple of days. Away from the touristic neighbourhood you can get a touch of what life in the Jewel of the Pacific is. The park is wonderful for chilling out under a tree....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Unless you check a schedule or get lucky, you might not find an event here, but you will find peace, quiet, and beautiful views. The architecture is interesting, as is the history. Read a little about the old prison to get some perspective about what...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 20, 2017

The Parque Cultural Cerro Carcel seems like an incredible asset for people living in Valparaiso. It's a very calm space with adult reading rooms, conference facilities, a cafe, and space for permanent and temporary exhibits. Nothing is in English, which makes sense since it serves...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

This may be one of the highest viewpoints of Valparaiso and the views are certainly spectacular, despite the wear and tear on the knees getting here (although buses of course run right outside). The park has several buildings to explore, but the largest and most...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2016

The space itself is great for all kinds of artistic expressions and teenagers gather there to enjoy the artistic ambient. On the 'tour 4 tips' we heard about the grim history of the ex-jail and how older people refuse to visit the museum because of...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed June 21, 2016

What a marvelous find. More than an acre of green open space on top of one of Valpo's hills. The old jail is still there; it is now working space for scads of artists. It is such a short walk for such a different destination....More

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed May 3, 2016

A park/cultural centre built in a former jail in the middle of a hill it's quite unusual but it works. It has great views of the bay, a Protestant cemetery and the quirky paths of Valparaíso's hills. Also it has rotating art exhibits. Also the...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed January 21, 2016

I was encouraged to visit to see the current small photo exhibit with the theme "Carnivals in the Andes". I really enjoyed the photos around the room. There's heaps of potential to expand the offer and from the outfitting work being done on different floors,...More

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

What a great idea turning an abandoned prison into a contemporary art space! Not sure why this one is categorized under shopping - this is a park with some nice gardens and contemporary art exhibits. I think there are performances here as well. The exhibits...More

Date of experience: May 2013
2  Thank egallerie
Reviewed November 4, 2009

Up until 1999 the Ex-Carcel was, well, a carcel, a working prison. When a new prison was built this space was converted into a community art space. There are also playing fields, a small playground, and lots and lots of murals and artwork on the...More

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