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“Really something to see, do not miss it”
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Nao Victoria Museo
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Owner description: The Nao Victoria Museum is a private museum. It aims to provide a real experience in replicas of the most important ships in the Magallanes Region. There are four open replicas to visit in the Museum: Nao Victoria, the only fleet commanded by Ferdinand Magellan completed the first circumnavigation of the globe. James Caird, originally a lifeboat Endurance that sailed from Elephant Island to South Georgia during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton 1916. Goleta Ancud, the ship, under the command of Manuel Bulnes, President of Chile, took the sovereignty of the Magellan Strait to Chile with the construction of Fuerte Bulnes. HMS Beagle, the famous British Navy brig, under the command of Captain Fitz Roy raised cartography work of Magallanes Region. Aboard the boat mythical young Charles Darwin began writing his theory of evolution. The museum is interactive, has a technology platform that includes audioguide, touch screen, surround sound, and many replicas of ancient weapons that can be used by visitors to take pictures
Santiago, Chile
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“Really something to see, do not miss it”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Being on top a duplicates of old ships, realizing what was sea trevel at that times gives you a real feeling of the times

Visited January 2014
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“Must visit!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

1:1 scale replicas of famous ships.

Nao Victoria - Magellan's ship
Ancud - A very important ship to Chile's independence
Shackleton's boat.

And soon to come: HMS Beagle, which is Fitz-Roy and Darwin's ship.

It is great to climb into a 500 y/o ship and immerse yourself in the available nautical technology.
People used to travel around the globe in those things!!! Really amazing!

Cristian, the Italian guy from the staff is really nice.

Visited January 2014
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“Wow - did not realise was so close to the Antarctic”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Some great maps to see here as well as the replica of the Beagle and the Victoria Museo. To climb up and down the ship and see what life would have been like was fun. Shackleton's rescue boat was an eye opener - how tiny! A nice little museum to visit and watch some fantastic waves.

Visited December 2013
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“I like the seas and ship history this is a must stop”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

Museum lies on the shores of the Magellan Straight on the edge of Punta Arenas. It is a hand on experience, you get the audio tour in the langue of your preference and then you re on your own exploring the replicas ships. You can check out pretty much any ship area of the "Nao Victoria" and see from the outside Shakelton's "James Craid". The audio tour has a good summary of Shakelton's journey. Museum is building now a replica of Darwin's "Beagle", hull is completed but there is still some work to be done.

I spend about 90 minutes at the museum, at a very slow pace and enjoying all the ships.

Getting there can be done by taxi, probably the best option, for about 3500 pesos. I tried to use the bus but did not locate the stop in Punta Arenas. I was there a Sunday and few people on the streets. On the return there was a two hour gap between buses, so I decided to take a cab.

Museum is not very crowded, so at times it feels like you have the whole ship for yourself.

This museum along with the cemetery are the best attractions of Punta Arenas in my view.

Visited December 2013
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“If in Punta Arenas go see this museum.”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

This was one of the stopping points for me when i was in Punta Arenas. Since the city is at the Magellan strait where better to have a replica of Nao Victoria which sailed thru the very first time back in 1520. I work in shipping and i admire all historic shipping factoids and i had the utmost respect to the brave seaman like Magellan who contributed to the humanity.

The museum is open air so best seen at good weather in day time. The museum is located abt 10km from the city centre. I had a rental car so it was no issue for me but you can get here with a taxi with no problem but the problem would be getting back. So going with a tour might make more sense in terms of logistics. There is almost no public transport in this tiny town.

There are three replica vessels to see and the main attraction is the Nao Victoria Magellans flagship of the flotilla that sailed from Spain for a round the world exhibition. The entrace is CLP 3,000 abt (USD 6 at the time). There is audio guidance if asked. You can enter the ship from the port side and see almost all quarters. There are some wooden mannequins dressed in clothes what they thought seaman would wear at the time. The boat is constructed in the exactly the same way as it would be back in the day and you can see that when you are in the ship. The only difference was that the main deck was covered in fibreglass i guess that was for safety purposes since the boat is on land. There are no sails but the ropes are all there including the crows nest on top of the main sail mast.

There are two other smaller boats one is the Ancud which claimed Chilean sovereignty on the Magellanic straights and southern Patagonia back at the end of 19th century. This boat is small but still can go in to see various decks.

The last boat is actually a life boat from Shackleton's Endurance which attempted an exhibition to the Antarctic. This is a replica of the boat where Shackleton and some of his men left for the Elephant Island when the Endurance was stuck in the ice shelf. The boat is small so you just see from the outside.

Next to the Nao Victoria you can see the replica of the Beagle in construction which is the vessel Darwin has gone on board when he visited Galapagos islands and studied the species on the West Coast South America. It's not ready for visit yet but should make the museum more interesting when finished.

There seems to be a coffee shop there which has an excellent view of the Magellan strait but it was closed i guess it only opens only when large groups come. When i visited there were only 1 other family with 2 small kids. But the guy at the reception offers free tea, coffee after the tour if you want.

overall recommend to all especially to the maritime history enthusiasts...

Visited December 2013
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