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. Put Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos at the forefront of your travel plans using our Santiago planner .
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  • Great museum!! You'll learn a bit of Latin America dictatorship. Be ready for the moody change, it is a bit "depressing" and sad, but it worth the visit.  more »
  • It is a museum that displays our sad history as a country... a beautifully built architecture, which in its interior has % of stories that touch your heart... It is so well organized that no doubt takes you to a journey in time, which will leave you marked and with a sense of apprehension... He says that the route is between 2 to 3 hrs... I recommend that if you are going with time, you take a break, take a coffee... think and then continue your tour, but will be very overwhelming... It is a place that if or if you should visit while in SCL...
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  • Beautiful Building architecturally. The location is a fair bit out of the Santiago City Centre, but it is worth a visit if you like history, politics or have an interest in Human Rights issues. Howeve...  more »
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  • 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)
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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