Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Santiago

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Wander the halls one of South America's longest-established museums, Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, and appreciate its extensive and varied collection. Founded in 1830, the natural history museum's colonial, Spanish-style halls house 12 permanent exhibits, focusing on subjects such as minerals, molluscs, timber, and archaeology. Don't miss a handful of collections relating to specific areas of Chile, and anthropological exhibits about indigenous cultures. The historical overview of copper mining in the country provides a relevant introduction to the culture, traditions, and economy of Chile. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Museo Nacional de Historia Natural by using our Santiago holiday planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Everyone should see it at least once in life. It is interesting to learn a little of the natural history of Chile. I think that some things could be improved but overall okay, mostly by having free admission.
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  • August 8, 2017
    I liked everything very well signposted, clean and tidy. It is a good overview to go as a couple or as a family. 100% recommended
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  • August 7, 2017
    This museum is located within the Quinta Normal Park, with easy access by subway (the station is already at the door of the Park). Not only has the diner. But worth a visit, especially for those with children. The provision of the acquis is very well organized, with panels and illustrated maps and is a real history lesson and science. Recommend the tour.
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  • May 28, 2017
    Disappointing displays in a grand building in Quinto Normal Park. The contents of the contemporary display spaces date from a bygone age: taxidermy and dioramas. All signs are in Spanish and the English language audio guide only covers six exhibits. The three items that cover the history of the building and the park were the most interesting to me. As an introduction to the flora and fauna of Chile a website or book is probably a better bet.
  • June 23, 2017
    It brings me sweet memories of my childhood. The exhibits are well organized, and the information provided is clear and easy to understand for school children.
  • June 17, 2017
    Excellent introduction to the natural history of this long, extremely variable and beautiful country. Go.
  • January 3, 2017
    Its a beautiful place with a great enviroment to relax and learn a thing or two about wild life and nature. The building itself is beautiful to see.
  • March 16, 2017
    Hermoso lugar. Es gratis! So stop whining and go there.

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