National Museum of History, Santiago

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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Museum of History by using our Santiago online driving holiday planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Museum with pieces and works that tell the story of Chile, since the arrival of the Spaniards. On Sundays, admission is free.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Walking through the center of Santiago, it is rare that not passes to visit the national historical Museum. Depending on whether you are interested in these activities.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Located in Plaza de Armas, near the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Museum houses the richest history of the country. Before becoming a Museum, was the seat of the National Congress, in 1811. If you can take a guided tour. EGCL-12
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  • July 30, 2017
    Really beautiful museum. It's worth going there if you have a free time of 2 to 3 hours. Also most of the museums in Chile are closed on Mondays.
  • March 19, 2017
    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.
  • March 2, 2017
    I'm sure this would be a great musuem if you can read Spanish. No English for gringos like me.
  • February 28, 2017
    I'm sure it's a very informative museum if you can read Spanish. Little point going if you can't.
  • February 12, 2017
    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!

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