Colchagua Museum, Santa Cruz

4.8
Colchagua Museum boasts exhibits for every age and taste, from cowboy gear and weapons, to religious artifacts and pre-Columbian pottery. Founded by controversial tycoon Carlos Cardoen, Chile's largest private museum also contains the capsule used to rescue 33 trapped miners in 2010. Other highlights include a collection of utensils and machines used in farming and the production of wine, and a room dedicated to Charles Darwin's Chilean period, hugely influential on his later thinking. To visit Colchagua Museum and get the most from your holiday in Santa Cruz, create itinerary details personal to you using our Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Lot of pieces displayed and very well organized in different halls and pavilions. From historic samples to reproductions of situations very well. Unique and important pieces in the history of our beautiful country. Visit to repeat and they can't miss.
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  • We arrived 5 minutes on the official seal and the housing Lady refused to take care of them because she had already closed. All this while in the Museum it is possible to be at 8
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  • I don't understand why charge for teaching our own culture, we are a part. Very good in terms of content but lack get off and land all that information to something more explanatory and historical physical sense.
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  • I wasn't sure what to expect because the building does look very small from the outside but don't let that put you off! English audio guides are available (as most of the writing is in Spanish) as well as a great introduction video. A brilliant collection with some very important pieces. I wish I went sooner!
  • One of the most complete museums of the whole of Chile. This museum exhibits everything from the pre-colonial tribes in Chile to its most recent history and achievements. A vast collection of fossils and pieces collected from the desert's and beaches of northern Chile is featured, as well as many original paintings, manuscripts and treasures. Walk through Chilean history with every detail. Additionally, it contains 4 additional exhibits; one on transportations development in Chile, from carriages to trains, secondly, a biological exhibit contain numerous species from Darwin's collection, third, a jewelry collection from the India's, and finally, an small yet complete collection of both worlds wars. Located in a rural town and operated by professional staff, which even offer audio guides in different languages. At a minor entry cost, one gets to take spend as much time as they wish, and even return within 24 hours. For those interested in history, biology, war, art, cultures and more, this is the place to go. I would recommend it to everyone, if going with younger kids, you can spend more time in the outside area, as you find interest in exhibits out there, they may play around in the historic gardens of the museum.
  • I love museums, this is probably the nicest one I've visited in Chile. The quality and amount of the collections is remarkable. It might seem a little pricey, but it's definitely worth it
  • One of the best museums in Chile. Period. You won't be disappointed.
  • I was very impressed with this Museum. After we visited the Precolombian History Museum, which was just ok, I didn’t expect too much of the Colchagua Museum in Santa Cruz, Chile. Was a very good experience, many interesting things to see. The sad part was that all the labels where in Spanish, and I do not speak the language. Overall so worth the visit!
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