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Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck

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Address: Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar 2520763, Chile
Phone Number: +56 32 268 6753
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Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century,...

Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century, this impressive building was acquired by the local Municipal Authorities in 1985, and converted into a museum. Focus in two principal collections is a natural history department dedicated to Chile's native fauna and flora; and an archaeological department offering a permanent display related to the indigenous peoples of Northern Chile, the Aconcagua region and the Mapuche in the south of the country. The museum also houses one of the most important collections in the world related to Easter Island, including the only genuine Moai statue in the whole of continental Chile, outside in the museum garden. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English.

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Interesting Small Museum

Having been to Rapa Nui last year, I was interested to see what other artifacts this museum had besides the Moai in front. It does have a pretty good collection that describes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just to clarify there are 79 Moais outside Easter Island and even one in the British Museum in London, not just six as mentioned by a former reviewer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is open on Mondays which is highly unusual. We had a free English speaking guide take us around and she was excellent. It is small but full of interesting native items - especially from Easter Island. One of my favorite things in the Vina/Valpo area. And, you can't miss the Easter Island Moai outside - one of the... More 

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Indianapolis, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having been to Rapa Nui last year, I was interested to see what other artifacts this museum had besides the Moai in front. It does have a pretty good collection that describes the history and culture of this mysterious place. It also has some pre-Columbian artifacts as well as specimens of indigenous insects, birds and animals from Chile and nearby... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

The museum features old fashioned collections of insects under glass and native artifacts. It is worth a visit to see the only Moai in Chile that is not on Easter island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

I had seen Moai in a few museums (Paris, London, Washington DC) but this one is in Chile. Because it is too far to go to Easter Island, this was really cool! It is not too big, but I really liked that it was there, just outside the museum, for people to pass by and admire. It is located very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

A very interesting museum covering both Easter Island and the Indian civilization in genera, We were met by a very friendly museum guide with excellent English who was very knowledgeable. She really added to our visit. The shrunken heads were fascinating. Do not miss this.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

if you're not able to visit Easter Island they have a Moai to watch. Pretty cool actually. The environment around the museum needs more care.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Not the biggest museum in the world but interesting none the less. Some information about the area on the bottom floor and then some interesting natural history exhibits on the second floor. A little expensive for the size but still worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

A super interesting museum, but with a lot more explanations in Spanish than English. If you don't speak Spanish, I'd highly advise taking the free guide. Ours was amazing and super informative! Shrunken heads and Easter Island exhibits were my favourite. The upstairs - bugs and stuffed animals - not as interesting to me.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Yes the museum has interesting information on easter island, including shrunken heads. Yes it has good information on early peoples in Chile, mapped well to geologic time. There is decent signage in english. But no one told us where to start in the museum. They seemed disappointed we did not hire a guide. So we wandered. There was no bathroom... More 

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