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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