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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Ranked #9 of 535 things to do in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino) in Santiago, Chile is a jewel among the world's museums and a highlight to any trip to Chile. Widely regarded as one of the best museums in Latin America, this unique establishment houses an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Central and South America, which underscores the rich cultural diversity and artistic splendor of the Pre-Columbian Americas.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Tucked away just off Plaza de Armas, the renovated Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is a half-day well spent. As well as artifacts found in Chile, there are also displays from surrounding countries.

After a while it may get a touch same-same, but it is a good insight into how the peoples of South America lives.

1  Thank Jody H
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

I was planning a leisurely Sunday around a visit to the Museum. Luckily I rechecked the website for detailed information and found that the museum is closed until 2013 for expansion. The photos of the museum's artifacts on their website indicate that this is a top collection and a must see if you are interested in Pre-Colombian Art. Check the website before you go. I will definitely plan a visit on my next Chile trip.

4  Thank Flounderken
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The museum is very large. Excellent, with lots of knowledge to be acquired by the visitor. But be warned: it is for museum enthusiasts. It is not for travels that only seek fun and leisure. If you don't care about history and/or art, it's not for you.

1  Thank ilucato
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Some of the exhibition has been moved to a subterranean area behind the tribunal de justicia. The museum exists of two rooms. While the artifacts displayed are interesting it seems very limited in what it shows. I expected to see a lot more. I am fluent in Spanish but was surprised to see that none of the panels were translated into Spanish. So if you do not speak Spanish you are going to be lost as to what you are looking at.

1  Thank Marc K
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

We've been to pre-Columbian museums all over South America and this one excels in something none of the rest have, metal and gem pieces. Apparently, since it took Spanish forces over an extra hundred years to conquer southern Chile, there are some beautiful pieces here that display the talents of many nations we had only seen in ceramic. Worth a visit.

1  Thank RetiredNLuvinIt_11
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