Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, Santiago

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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. PutMuseo 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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  • This was a very interesting museum, complete with ancient artifacts and essential details of pre-Columbian history. Unfortunately the Museum informed us that the second floor (which houses most of... 
    This was a very interesting museum, complete with ancient artifacts and essential details of pre-Columbian history. Unfortunately the Museum informed us that the second floor (which houses most of...  more »
  • Even though the second floor was closed for renovation this museum was still worth the cost of admission. It enriched my understanding. All information was duplicated in english. 
    Even though the second floor was closed for renovation this museum was still worth the cost of admission. It enriched my understanding. All information was duplicated in english.  more »
  • Excellent museum, near the plaza de armas, also a cross from the judicial Chile government. The basement has the most preserved pre Columbus art work. There is free wifi in the small cafe at the....  more
    Excellent museum, near the plaza de armas, also a cross from the judicial Chile government. The basement has the most preserved pre Columbus art work. There is free wifi in the small cafe at the....  more »
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  • Absolutely phenomenal museum if you’re interested in the history of some fascinating peoples. The museum presented the pieces in a brilliant taxonomy that helped to appreciate the sophistication and advancement of the peoples. The second floor remains closed at May 12, 2022, which is one-third of the museum
  • The misc artifacts being exposed are truly marvellous and breathtaking. But they are few and the museum exhibition does not provide a clear context. Its a small exhibition. The final feeling is that you are just taking a peak to a "history" that has been forgotten, willingly or not (the "" because, i guess, there is no written documentation to it)
  • Incredible Museo with excellent exhibits. Appreciated the detailed descriptions for the items. The quality is exceptional. Mummies older than the Egyptian ones.
  • The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino is a huge building that houses a relatively small collection of exquisite items. The collection consists of a diverse range going from tools, pottery and textiles to instruments and weapons to quipus and mummies. Everything is annotated in Spanish and English, everything's behind glass and, I suspect because of the fragile nature of the items, it's relatively dark inside. Heartily recommended.
  • Small museum as many galleries were closed due to Covid. Make an online reservation before showing up. Nice quick way to learn about the three different inhabited regions of Chile.

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