Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago

4.5
#2 of 153 in Museums in Chile
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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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  • I learned a lot about the years Chile suffered from the dictatorship. The museum is for free, you only have to pay for the audio tour if you can't understand Spanish. Spend 2.5 or 3 hours there  more »
  • I was very impressed by this museum. It is a difficult subject matter, but very important, and the architecture and installation are purpose-built for the subject matter. It was an informative, poigna...  more »
  • Incredibly moving museum, incredibly emotional. Free museum, most of the signage is in Spanish, but you can rent an inexpensive audio headset to listen as you tour in your native language. The exhibit...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Well done. Important. Audio guide is very slow. If you don't read Spanish, allow for at least 3 hours.
  • Free museum reminding chilean dictatorship and also other places around world where they are breaking rights. But I was missing leftists regimes doing there
  • Difficult to find words. Very powerful. Be sure to hire an English audio guide on arrival. The museum itself is free but mostly in Spanish. Hard to believe that it's all such recent history.

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Santiago features numerous distinct neighborhoods filled with affordable sleeping options. For easiest access to the city's top museums and eateries, consider the hotels located in the pleasant downtown area, where you can also find many furnished apartments ideal for longer stays. For close proximity to the city's best nightlife options, consider Bellavista or Barrios Lastarria, or head to charming Providencia if you prefer something a bit more sophisticated and less raucous.
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