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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...more
All reviews shrunken heads rapa nui very interesting museum easter island first floor english descriptions chilean history great exhibits chilli upstairs artifacts moai statue information indigenous stuffed civilization
If you are a lover of museums be sure to allow yourself at least 2 hours for this one. It is small, (a converted 2 story house in an upscale residential area) but they have many interesting and unusual exhibits that need time to study...More
Very interesting museum in Vina del Mar. Nice destination while walking around town. It was cool to see one of the the Easter Island standing stones. Most exhibits have some english descriptions which was helpful.
Had heard that there was an original Moai from Rapa Nui (Easter Island), so that was why I visited. It is outside the Fonck Museum and is 3 metres high. The rock that produces 'alcoholic beverages' was also fascinating. Inside is a series of interesting...More
The first floor is very well done and very informative archeology exhibits about Easter Island and Chilean Indigenous Cultures with some truly spectacular artifacts. The second floor is natural history exhibits which are teenage son absolutely loved, especially the native tarantulas.
Admission was 2800 CLP (cash only, per adult) but when we bought a souvenir from the museum gift shop, we were allowed to add the admission to our gift shop charge. Displays downstairs are mostly about Easter Island culture and history, while upstairs is devoted...More
Sadly, I timed my visit with a school group and did my best to be on a different floor to the screaming children running around. As such, my visit didn't 'flow' very well but I learnt different pieces about the indigenous groups of Chile, Chile's...More
The Museo Fonck has some great exhibits about the history of Chile, from cavemen to the Spanish Conquest.
They also have an excellent exhibit on Rapanui. I especially liked being able to see a Moai Statue from Rapanui (Easter Island) in person. The museum exhibit...More