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“A glimpse into Chile”

Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
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Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 522 things to do in Santiago
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Memory and Human Rights seeks to draw attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990. Its mission is to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and to promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again. It is a Bicentennial project, inaugurated on January 2010, by then President Bachelet. Its purpose is to promote educational initiatives that enhance knowledge and consideration. Its location, on Matucana Street, is also part of an ongoing effort to promote the cultural circuit of Santiago's West Side. Through objects, documents and archives presented in different settings and formats, as well as a innovative sight and sound presentation, it is possible to learn part of this history: the military coup, the repression that took place in the following years, the resistance movement, exile, international solidarity, reparation policies.
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

I was surprised to find this location right in the subway station area that is several floors from subway to above group. Beautifully done. And it's free. My only wish there were english translations-some video clips had english sub-titles which was nice but think I would have gotten more from it if in English. Modern, moving and gives you a glimpse into Pinochet and modern history in Chile

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is housed in a very modern building that really impressed me. The exhibition is very minimalist but very informative, and very pleasant to see despite the sad matters it depicts. I really recommend you go there. If you have the time to spare make sure you stroll around Barrio Yungay and Brasil afterwards or visit the Quinta Normal park.

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Reviewed June 17, 2012

The museum does an excellent job of teaching the history of this time in Chile. The building itself is an interesting piece of architecture. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Walking the Santiago streets to get to this place you feel a place full of life, art and vibrant culture. The Museum is free, and start out by taking the elevator to the top, to work your way down. You are transported to a Santiago which seems so different, and it's shocking that this period only ended 20 years ago. The museum is well put together, with artifacts and pictures to go along with the writings. My Spanish level is very low, but this museum is so powerful that even though I didn't understand most of the newspaper clippings and letters etc, the theme got across. And it's a very sad theme, remembering those who went missing under the Pinochet regime. You don't need words to understand photos of the missing, and blank pages representing those without even a photo. After an hour, I hadn't gotten through the museum (despite my lack of Spanish) but I left because it was a lot to take and I was getting a little depressed. My only regret, which I could offer as a tip, would be to do a tiny bit of research, even just using wikipedia say, on Pinochet and his regime, that would have helped me to understand the museum a little bit better.

Thank Chesatamette
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

Fantastically presented museum on Chile's more recent political history and on global human rights in general. It's set over many floors and separated into sections. We spent two hours here and wanted to go back again because we hadn't managed to see everything. Despite the politically charged subject matter, the content was very evenly presented and didn't seek to put any thoughts in the heads of the visitors, only to present the facts. I hope over time every country will adopt similar ways of present the less 'shiny' parts of history.

Warning: most of the information is only in Spanish, which wasn't a problem for us but if you can't understand Spanish you won't get the most out of this. It is free to get in, however, so still worth it for the small amount which is translated. There might be tours on offer in English, worth checking at the desk.

Thank Fionna88
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