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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  • It is the height of a European Museum. Excellent facilities and parts, a pride for the city! Safety pin!
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  • We had incredible at the Museum. I love that the entry, in addition to not be costly, lasts 24 hours, so one can return to visit the Museum. I love the Pavilion of archaeological remains and the history of America and Chile, but I loved that of Latin American jewelry. A real treasure. I suggest asking the audio guides, since they explain things beyond the above and provide information. It is worth visiting it, I think it is a very rich and complete selection.
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  • Before departing Santa Cruz, we took a few hours to check out the gigantic collection of cultural/historical items at this sprawling, beautiful - if a little odd - museum. Provided you can pull yourse...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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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