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Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

This museum explains in great detail the Allende/Pinochet time in Chile. It is emotional. It is horrifying. It is inspirational. You will leave with questions answered and unanswered. To truly understand the Chilean people you must visit this museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mary K
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Reviewed August 27, 2019

……….Already when you approach this unique structure from the outside you are alread-ii filled with apprehension and expectation of what you are about to encounter inside. When you enter at the main reception and you look ahead the whole wall is filled with an enormous map of the World and below are picture-frames of all the countries in the world that had at one or other time been victims to abuse and the corrective measures that were undertaken to correct the wrong. Only when you see this are you made aware that the whole world has been affected. This building consist of two basements and three floors of all the materials audio and visual displaying and contributing to showing-off the atrocities of the Pinochet period and even the booming of the presidential palace which lead to the death of Allende Gossen as many have accepted that he committed suicide using the AK-47 rifle that Fidel Castro had given him as a gift. The authorities of the day should be commended for this wonderful museum which incident-lii is also a school as the words on the wall outside says “The artist learns to communicate the public learns to make a connection” so very true! It’s almost impossible to describe ones feelings and emotions while absorbing all that is on display here. There is even a whole section dedicated to the contribution of the children who were affected as is always the case in times like these the children come off worst-lii affected. A beautiful room of contemplation with electronic candles permanent-lii burning overlooking the two-storey wall covered in photos of the many whom they know of who lost their lives during this period and there is another wall with a face of an elder-lii lady and the question “?Donde Estan? “Where are they?” as one can imagine not all is accounted for. Tribute is also paid to the Cardinal Raul Silva Henriquez who became known as the Defender of Human Rights in Chile just like Bishop Desmond Tutu with the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s process in South Africa. Coming from South Africa and having been subjected to and living during the Apartheid era one could only think of the words of Nelson Mandela on 10th May 1994 “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.” This is one place that must be visited whenever you find yourself in Santiago de Chile! NB! Entree is free of charge another wonder of Chilean hospitality! ............................

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank VernonW143
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Reviewed August 22, 2019 via mobile

Visiting this museum really explained the dictatorship period in a interesting way. Also very approachable for everyone. Sadly lots in Spanish but I was glad I buy English audio guide. A must visit when you are in Santiago!

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Cass_Dutchie
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Reviewed August 12, 2019

Visiting this Museum is an experience in itself. It is hard to visit it as it is sad to see how much the Chilean people suffered during this dark and terrible episode in their history. But in my very particular opinion, it is also a necessary visit since it is a place that seeks not only to honor the victims but also to be a reminder for the Human Society (all over the world) for not committing again a genocide like this. It helps to learn from the past in order to build a better and brighter future for new generations and do not repeat again something like this anywhere in our planet. By no means, the Pinochet´s dictatorship was justifiable. However, after the darkest episodes in Human History always comes a period of light which in the case of Chile is no exception since nowadays they are gladly becoming an important economy and one which is starting to grow and change for better in Latin America.
Finally, all the exhibits in the museum are beautifully presented.

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank ACR80
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Reviewed August 8, 2019 via mobile

Our family if 4 went here to learn of Chilean recent history. Our 9 and 11 year olds had the English audio guide. We moved ahead and selected interesting passages for them to learn about the Pinochet dictatorship. Well done memorial. Beautiful architecture and surrounding space.

Date of experience: August 2019
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