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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  • Impressive museum. I did not want to go but my wife convinced me. Architecture of the building itself is worth the visit. After the visit you can understand what the Chilean people had gone through du...  more »
  • I wish everyone in Latin america could have a museum like this. Excellent as everything is armed. What struck me most was the audiovisual presentation where you can hear the speech of Allende and videos showing the bombing at La Moneda.
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  • Although there is an okay English audio guide, all of the exhibits are labeled in Spanish. Unless very familiar with 20th century Chilean politics, it is hard to get much meaning from the experience. ...  more »
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  • This is a curious museum. I have been to memory museums around the world and this is by far and away the list informative. There is absolutely nothing about the pre-coup period. There is nothing about Allende's election, and turmoil, the politics, the reasons for the coup. There is nothing about the US involvement.
  • A must visit museum when you're in Santiago to help get an understanding of Chile's past and present in a beautiful and modern building. The exhibits go into great detail of the torture, the killings, the disappearings, and the political persecution that took place under the Pinochet dictatorship. What's also disturbing is that over 40 percent of Chileans voted in favor of Pinochet for another 8 years of rule during the 1988 plebiscite despite all of these atrocities! The museum does a great job of bringing all the stories to life, but doesn't give you much in terms of historical context.
  • We went to the museum 3 (!) times during the official opening hours and it was either closed or they closed it without any explanation. Rude and not accommodating security personnel. We gave up.
  • Jesus, is this place depressing but also, incredibly interesting. It's amazing what the people of Chile (and the rest of the world) suffered not too long ago. The museum itself is free to enter but if you'd like to get a full experience of it, I'd recommend hiring audio equipment for about 2000 pesos. It's really eye opening and worth the visit!
  • The best place to know more about dictatorship and human rights violations.

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