Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago

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Poignant, sobering, and politically charged, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos explores the human rights violations perpetrated by Chile's former dictator, Augusto Pinochet. During his 17-year reign between 1973 and 1990, Pinochet executed thousands of Chileans, tortured tens of thousands more, and forced up to 200,000 into exile. The museum cleverly compares his government's atrocities with others still happening around the world today, through a chronological and multisensory experience. Consider renting an English audio guide, as many of the signs are only in Spanish. Before you head to Santiago, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Santiago trip builder, to make sure you see all that Santiago has to offer, including Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos.
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  • August 15, 2017
    All Brazilian citizens should go there to see it as a military dictatorship, because they forget that in Brazil we have had a similar and many still want again
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  • August 14, 2017
    Shocking description of the period of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet where filmed testimonials, images of thousands of missing politicians, attacks and torture, depict vividly the dark period in the recent past.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The whole exhibition is completely moving. Get the audio guide for 2,000 Pesos. It starts by putting in perspective human rights abuses around the world then covers the coup and the resistance and the...  more »
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  • July 25, 2017
    This place shows to the visitors one of the darkest periods of our history. In the exhibition we can see how the extreme rightist civilian-military dictatorship tried to destroy the republican democracy that we had as a proud nation. Even though they tortured people, dissappeared people and killed thousand of innocent Chilean workers, even though all...we're still standing up and feeling that this nation is a great country and we shall overcome this black part of our history. "I have faith in Chile and its destiny." (Salvador Allende)
  • July 25, 2017
    Helped me to understand a lot about Chiles history, but also about Latin America. Very good museum, interesting displays! I went a few times to get it all ;)
  • May 28, 2017
    Chile's brutal history under the dictatorship of a military junta led by August Pinochet from 1973 to 1989 is described through photos, documents and firsthand accounts. The museum's purpose is to prevent such events happening again and to honour the victims. A good English audio guide was essential since very few exhibits have English labels. This is not a comprehensive history by any means but it  does cover the years of the dictatorship in reasonable detail (including the torture and murders of almost 40,000 people). The coup d'etat took place on September 9, which adds a chilling link to the World Trade Centre attacks on the same day 27 years later. Despite its grim subject matter this was an engaging and poignant place that was well worth the visit.
  • July 5, 2017
    Very good museum detailing the troubled recent history of Chile. Very moving experience. Chile has come a long way in a short time. A must see for any trip to Santiago.
  • June 14, 2017
    If one is a rather sensible person, it is kind of hard to visit this museum, especially the part about the torture. But anyway, in my opinion, everyone who is in or visits Santiago should visit this museum (it´s free!), in order to learn about the horrible dictatorship Chile suffered. It´s not pretty, but it is necesary to learn from history, to avoid repeating it.

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