Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago

4.6
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Step back into South America's pre-colonial history at Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, which celebrates the continent's indigenous cultures and covers a period of about three millennia. See tapestries, ceramics, precious metals, and powerful religious icons, and consider picking up an audio guide, available in several languages, to enhance your experience. After your tour, grab a coffee and relax at the museum's excellent courtyard cafe. Put Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino into our Santiago trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We enjoy much of this space because of how nutritious it is in terms of content and how friendly to be toured, it is an example for many other museums in the city and is one of the places that I promote tourists to visit, in addition to being in the center. A museum must always be close to people and constantly offers its spaces for education, cultural outreach and citizen encounter..
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  • More expensive than I imagined, but it was worth it, the place shows a lot of history of what was done between 400 and 2000 years ago.
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  • The museum's collection is amazing, no wonder it is considered one of the best in Latin America. The price of the visitation is salty ($7,000 for foreigners). The tip is to visit you on the first Sunday of the month, if you have the opportunity. The entrance is free.
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  • It's an amazing experience and a learning opportunity that every chilean should experience. The multitude of artifacts and the bilingual descriptions make of the museum a must see in the museum's route in Santiago. I highly recommend visiting the interactive experience, you won't regret it.
  • Very interesting permanent exhibitions on indigenous art and lifestyles, with explanations in both Spanish and English. Good range from different cultures from all Latin America. Free 1st Sunday of each month!
  • Excellent collection of Precolumbian art, well displayed with informative English and Spanish captions in a beautiful converted colonial style building. The textile collection is particularly impressive. Unusually for a South American museum, most pieces do not come from the local area of modern Chile, but from as far away as Mexico and Colombia. The cross-cultural comparisons are informative, though they may be slightly disappointing for a tourist looking primarily to orient with respect to Chilean cultures. Fortunately, the vault-like basement houses a fascinating, though smaller, set of more local items. A nice shop and good cafe are pluses.
  • Great overview of pre-Columbian art. Very nicely put together, good descriptions in English and Spanish. It's a survey of many cultures, and nice to see them side-by-side. Excellent pieces from multiple times and locations. Well put together basement exhibit for just Chile. Good lighting. Small cafe inside.
  • Even with the addition of English texts and descriptions there are still many items which don't have an English version of their information. If it wasn't for that, I would give 5 stars
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