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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  • This is a very easy subway ride that lets off directly in front of the museum courtyard. It is a free museum. The day before we had hiked the Andies and went to this museum to see the famous sacrifice...  more »
  • Great natural history museum in Parque Quinta Normal, and just a short walk from metro station Quinta Normal. Slightly dated in looks and feel, but good information. Great place if the weather isn't s...  more »
  • In Santiago you don't have much opportunity to bring local animals, but there you know this still little-known Chilean side. It is ideal for young children that they are ecstatic with everything.
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  • The museum is free and very nice. There are interesting facts about Chile's nature as well as some artifacts from around the world
  • Very nice place. World-class Natural History Museum. Good facilities. Clean bathrooms. Two thumbs up! 👍👍
  • A very nice experience for children under 10 since exhibits are easy to understand and fun.
  • Small bur with time to kill (or with kids) worth the visit. Be aware everything is in Spanish.
  • 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.

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