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. 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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  • We take this opportunity to spend with my husband and and be favorably surprised. The Museum has a collection of pre-Columbian art from throughout South America also in history of the colony, the independence and the modern history of our country in addition a collection of cars and railway but far more impressive is the exhibition of the 33 Atacama miners that puts you the creeps. Very entertaining to go with children also.
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  • Good Museum, varied and well kept. I was surprised with the entire collection. The section of the rescue of 33 miners from the San José mine, very comprehensive and detailed, manages to transmit what was experienced as a country. Congratulations!
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  • While not all the exhibits are from Chile the quality and range is amazing. Very well laid out with a modern design. The section on the great chilean escape of 2010 was fantastic but I could not find ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The colección of Andean jewelry is amazing! Lots to see here

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