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“A fascinating visit, full of interest”

Father Le Paige Museum
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Owner description: Temporarily Closed Established in 1955 by Belgian priest Gustavo Le Paige, this vital museum covers 11,000 years of Atacamena culture.
Reviewed July 9, 2013

The museum was a great way to spend a hot afternoon. It is well laid out and in the process of being refurbished but all exhibits are still on display.

I was particularly taken with the pride in which the museum presented the Atacameñan people and their ancestors and the respect with which they treated the human remains that had been excavated several decades ago by Father Le Paige, a Belgian amateur archaeologist. An informative video explains why they are no longer on display.

I am more used to western European museums and so it was refreshing to visit this one. All my Chilean museum visits were an eye-opener. They really understand museology and what it means to tell stories through objects and natural specimens. Informative yet never boring.

I learned a lot about the amazing landscape we had the privilege of staying in from our visit.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

This museum was very helpful and contained some amazing artifacts. It contained a good linear history and was educational as to the various peoples of the area. It was not large, but that was probably an advantage, too. We were not able to take a guided tour, but it is not necessary as most (not all) of the exhibits are well signed in English and Spanish. Some of the exhibits were in dark corners which made them a bit difficult to see, but probably will lend toward longer life for the artifacts.

Thank sandra s
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Although the mummys aren't there anymore, because the Atacamenas complainted, it's a very good museum.We learned a lot about the former civilizations of Southern America - and that in a compact and easy way. All information is in Engklish, too! Highly recommended!!

Thank Weltreisender1213
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This was a great tour and we learnt heaps about the local people and their history, worth a hour of your time.

Thank Sara B
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

It's a nice little museum, worth a few moments of your time. Nothing special, nothing fancy. But you may learn a thing or two.

Thank ClaudioQM
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