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Colchagua Museum, Santa Cruz
(4.8/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We went to Colchagua for few days, which were not very interested in going to the Museum, but gave us time and was really worth. The Museum is great and cute, go through different periods and themes, highlighting in particular the section of the rescue of the 33 miners who is armed in a spectacular way.
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  • Everyone has rated this highly and for good reason. You can get an audio guide and choose your pace and which areas to get more detail. It is comprehensive history of Chile in one museum. 
  • We arrived at the Museum as activity within the offered by the stay in the hotel, with very few expectations, however was a very good surprise for the variety and quality of the exhibition. We were with kids and they enjoyed the visit. Consider that the full trip can be extended easily for more than three hours, we would anyway.
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  • Amplia colección.
  • 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.
  • Amazing collection
  • A surprisingly good and diverse museum! Lots of natural history and cultural history. Photography of the exhibits is not permitted.
  • A truly unforgettable place
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