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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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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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Mummies are no longer displayed, but still worth the visit

Very small but full of interesting displays and history telling. The famous mummies are no longer displayed due to vocal protests from the natives, but still worth the visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
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New York City, New York
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Calama, Chile
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't put this on your "to do" list. It is closed. It says it is closed for renovations. That is Chilean for "closed and who knows when it will open again". Apparently, Santiago is a more important place to exhibit antiquities.

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Thank K M S
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

It has been closed for renovation/reconstruction or whatever, and stands out as a pathetic homage to the Jesuit padre, Fr. Le Paige, after whom it is named. With San Pedro de Atacama now being on the Global Tour and with revenue from tourism flushing in by the millions, it is hoped that this museum is once again opened to the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016

This museum s closed long term for renovations and the exhibits have been moved to Santiago. It's still on tnhe tour list though, which is downright dishonest.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Very small but full of interesting displays and history telling. The famous mummies are no longer displayed due to vocal protests from the natives, but still worth the visit. And it is air conditioned!!

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 via mobile

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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