National Museum of History, Santiago

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History Museum Museum
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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  • This yellow building stands out due to its color, impressive architecture and location across from Plaza de Armas. This museum's entrance leads to a lovely courtyard that has several items on display....  more »
  • This was a great little museum! I got the English audio tour, which as well worth 1,000 Chilean pesos. There was an audio overview of every room, and about 1/4 of the exhibits had an audio explanation...  more »
  • Some years ago , while on one of my many visits to Chile , I went to visit the National Museum of History. It is a lovely place and the place to go if you love history. I spent over 4 hours in the mus...  more »
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  • Great little museum. Very affordable English Audio Guide available at the entrance if you do not speak Spanish. Go to the top of the tower for a good view of Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral.
  • I'm sure this would be a great musuem if you can read Spanish. No English for gringos like me.
  • I'm sure it's a very informative museum if you can read Spanish. Little point going if you can't.
  • Museum, as it should be - perfectly maintained expositions with interactive materials, detailed audioguide in a multiple languages, shows in the courtyard (traditional dances, etc.). Highly recommended!
  • Interesting Museum that includes every period in Chile's history. The building has its own history. The 'Real Audiencia' was located there.