Colchagua Museum, Santa Cruz

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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. Plan your Colchagua Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Santa Cruz using our Santa Cruz travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Very interesting private collection that offers a journey through the history of the human being and the world to the present day
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  • August 14, 2017
    This museum never bored, is very entertaining, is in several languages and you can go with auto Guide, you should visit it if in the area
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  • August 14, 2017
    One of the best Chilean museums that I have gone. Truly spectacular. I was surprised by the collection of carriages, looms, train and the area of modern era.
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  • April 21, 2017
    This was a fascinating place! Well laid out and lots of interesting exhibits including an exhibit dedicated to the 33 Chilean Miners and the events which surrounded their entrapment. Requires a few hours to appreciate well. Electronic translators are provided to assist non-Spanish speakers. Beautiful buildings.
  • June 20, 2017
    A surprisingly vast collection of natural history, pre-Colombian art, and much more. If you like museums you will spend at least a pair of hours here--easily worth the cost of admission.
  • January 12, 2017
    Wide ranging history of Chile and the Americas. There is a lot to see and as a bonus your ticket is good for 24 hours so you can come back the following day.
  • January 24, 2017
    The colección of Andean jewelry is amazing! Lots to see here
  • November 28, 2015
    very well set up museum with a lot of interesting exhibits. well worth a visit. only downside is that only a small part is available in English, so be prepared accordingly.

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