National Museum of Natural History, Santiago

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Wander the halls one of South America's longest-established museums, National Museum of Natural History, 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 National Museum of Natural History a centerpiece of your Santiago vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santiago trip planner.
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  • An enriching ride for all ages. I even went on a weekday and there were a lot of school students visiting. There it is possible to see a huge whale skeleton and understand a little of the fauna and flora of the country, as well as the customs of the older peoples. You can also see the museum staff restoring old pieces, it's very curious. The architecture, inside and out, is an attractive apart. The museum has free admission at all times.
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  • The National Museum of Natural History is located within the Quinta Normal Park, being the main of 3 museums in the park (there is also the railway Museum of Santiago and the Museum of Science and Technology). It was founded in 1830 (incredible almost 200 years). It is one of the oldest museums in Latin America. He focuses primarily on the natural history of Chile himself. Presenting the main characteristics of fauna, flora, climate and culture and development of peoples, to the various regions of the country. Note: Due to its vast territorial extension from North to south, Chile has totally distinct regions, which makes the museum tour quite rich and with vast diversification of items exposed. A detail that I consider a great difference of the museum is the fact that most of the animals exposed are not replicas made in a handcrafted form, being actually copies of the species and that have undergone the process of impaling. This makes the visitor experience extremely realistic. One of the highlights of the museum is the boy of Cerro el Plomo. It is a boy who had his body found intact, due to preservation by the cold, in the region that today gives access to Valle Nevado. Archaeologists believe he was buried alive about 500 years ago in the form of offering the Incas to the sun god. Currently, the museum exposes only one replica of the child's body (one of the photos), but the body remains preserved in a reserved room of this museum. Access to the museum is very simple. By Metro, just get off at Quinta Normal Station (line 5/green), exit the station and you will already face the entrance of the park. Walk a little and, in front of the fountains, you will find the museum with its imposing façade. Oh! Entry is 100% FREE =)! It is open on the following days/schedules: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 17:30h and on Sundays from 11am to 17:30h.
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  • Located in the normal fifth park, the architecture of the museum is beautiful on the outside. Inside is well preserved but leaves to be desired in terms of interactivity. Free admission.
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  • This free museum offers great insight into Chilean geography, plant and animal life, and the people who have lived here for thousands of years. If you are planning a trip North or South, come visit to learn about the regions before you explore. There is some information provided in English, and it is a great opportunity to increase your Spanish vocabulary if you are learning. It is very close to the metro, and you have a beautiful walk through the park to get here.
  • A great overview on the extense Chilean territory. Everything is in top conditions and being able to see the people working is definitely a plus. Tip. If you're visiting Quinta Normal you'll find free bathrooms in here.
  • A free museum with incredible quality. You start out in the Big Bang all the way from how life started in Chile, the different and diverse territories and their native people. It just a few hours to go through with every step worth it. Also, Greta is the best, go see it at the end ant the middle of the museum.
  • Nice museum in pleasant setting. Best to take public transportation as there is really no parking nearby. There is a metro station in the entrance to the park where that, and other museums, are.
  • Wonderful exhibits but smaller than I expected.
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