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. Make Museo Nacional de Historia Natural a centerpiece of your Santiago vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santiago trip planner.
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  • A pretty well structured Museum. Maybe the last time we went (many years ago), had more rooms, I'm not sure. It is however interesting to know and the Chilean nature.
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  • It is located in the Parque Quinta Normal and is open every day until 17:30 hours. Not open on Mondays. The entrance is released. It works in a cute building, near the main entrance to the Park and has been remodelled several times due to earthquakes. Within it is a tour of the natural and cultural heritage of Chile in various showcases and dioramas. It has two workstations with walls of glass where you can see the work of restoration made by museum professionals. During the tour there are applications to download information visual and audio in Spanish and English. In the central room is the skeleton of a whale and its around large dried animals. Despite the numerous visitors, stays very tidy and clean. We find it interesting, but not entertaining and unfriendly. Being a National Museum it is visit it at least on occasion.
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  • The tour is very well designed, excellent for children awaken their curiosity by the flora and fauna. Exotic exposure in animals, but they are of the type that hardly can be seen in the wild. The surroundings of the Park makes a visit to the Museum a family picture of perfect Sunday afternoon.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Excellent introduction to the natural history of this long, extremely variable and beautiful country. Go.
  • 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.
  • Hermoso lugar. Es gratis! So stop whining and go there.

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