National Museum of History, Santiago
(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Occupying the former palace, National Museum of History covers the time period from the European discovery of the Americas to the colonial era, through independence and into the modern era. A full 18 rooms recount Chile's history, exhibiting various collections of objects from everyday life and artwork, including portraits of important figures such as Ferdinand Magellan--the first to explore southern and western Chile. See women's clothing, sewing machines, and furniture. The final section addresses the coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power and features a sobering display of Salvador Allende's broken glasses. Take an English audio guide, since the all information is in Spanish. Arrange to visit National Museum of History and other attractions in Santiago using our Santiago itinerary planner.
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  • Museum well directed to students, only recommend a visit if you are with child or if you like the theme. Small museum, but located in the area outside the circuit of most other attractions. I made the visit after meeting the Human Rights Museum
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  • Free entry. For those who love culture. Worth checking out. Is in the Plaza de Armas. The architecture of the building is very interesting.
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  • This museum is located in plaza de armas. The central courtyard make dances and show and inside is the collection of the history of Chile, visiting not only foreigners, since it is FREE take advantage. Pictures can be drawn without flash in all over the place.
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  • Interesting Museum that includes every period in Chile's history. The building has its own history. The 'Real Audiencia' was located there.
  • Excellent tiny historical museum. I've learned a lot in a few hours. Unforgettable! If in Santiago again, gotta go there again.
  • Muy interesante
  • Excellent museum for learning about Chile's colonial and modern history. Wish it covered more history post-1970.
  • A pretty cool museum documenting Chilean history up until the 1973 coup d'état.