Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino) in Santiago, Chile is a jewel among the world's museums and a highlight to any trip to Chile. Widely regarded as one of the best museums in Latin America, this unique establishment houses an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient Central and South America, which underscores the rich cultural diversity and artistic splendor of the Pre-Columbian Americas.
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Address
Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
How to get there
  • Plaza de Armas • 4 min walk
  • Universidad de Chile Ahumada • 8 min walk
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  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio682 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Museum is Full of Native Chilean Art
    First of all this museum is full of Native Chilean Art 🖼️. Second they have a lot of Native Chilean artifacts. Third the the Native Chilean Sculptures look like Native American and First Nations People sculptures. Lastly, I this is a great museum.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • CJBlaylock707
    Miami, Florida138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wide variety of cultures displayed.
    This is well worth a visit. Really well laid out, displays have great descriptions, and the “flow” of the displays works very well. Some really exceptional items here, for example their is a textile displayed that is almost 2,500 years old. Have plenty of time to explore as there is so much to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • Huell
    54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the cost
    Too expensive for its value! 10,000 CLP for foreign tourists. Pretty small museum. Many signs lack English translation altogether (all small objects and some large objects), and those larger objects that have English translation miss a lot of information compared to Spanish original text (English text 1:4 to at best 1:2 of text content vs Spanish texts). Some translations are a bit off where they took the exact corresponding word from Spanish. In the -1 level, the English text is in a darker font which is very hard to read at several spots because of the low brightness in the room. Expect no info on Gran Colombia as this covers only Pre-Colombia per the museum’s name: do expect Inca and pre-Inca, Maya, Aztecs, and other prehistoric peoples. Not many objects from each culture. Museum split in two floors. Not very much info on everyday life or specific cultures/mythology since they cover so many indigenous peoples. I had too high expectations and was not content.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 October 2023
  • WanakaWitch
    Wanaka, New Zealand237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    This the best attraction in Santiago by a long way. Even if your not that interested in pre-columbian art, you will find this museum fascinating. Don’t miss the small room showing fabrics and textiles. Really enjoyed visiting.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • wodigro
    Frankfurt, Germany59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Foreigners pay 10 times more than locals - without any justification!
    When we arrived there, we were immediately put off by the fact that we as foreigners were expected to pay 10 times more than the Chileans. We thought about leaving. We had seen a lot of Pre-Columbian Art elsewhere in the world already. The atmosphere in the entrance area of the museum was dull and absolutely not welcoming. We did not expect much. But since we had nothing better to do, we finally paid the ridiculous entrance fee and went for the visit. We are glad we did. The museum has exceptionally beautiful objects, very well arranged and lit. At least, the visitor can enjoy art. Of course, not even in this flagship of Chilean museums, the staff speak English. For us, there is no justification in charging foreigners higher entrance fees than locals - when not the slightest service is provided for foreigners: no websites in English, no explanatory films in English, no flyers in English, no explanation of exhibits in English, no English speaking staff. Nowadays in the age of Google Translate, every Chilean who masters to read and write could contribute in providing information in English. (We are Germans - English for us is a foreign language as well ...)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Arthur M
    Nottingham, United Kingdom280 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic figures, pottery and weaving
    A must visit museum in Santiago - only a couple of minutes from the nearest metro. Lots of pre-Colombian works from across south America, but the highlight for us was the basement with some fantastic larger than life figures and great pottery. There is also some incredibly preserved weaving on the 2nd floor. The museum would get 5*, but the descriptions in the basement are too small to read and too far away to read with reading glasses and the lighting on the signs was really dim, making soe of it impossible to read. A lot of the signs were in English, but due to the colour they were even harder to read than the Spanish
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • Memo
    Chicago, Illinois105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see museum.
    The collection of artifacts is extensive and organized byway of a sensible timeline. The curators did a worthy job of providing meaningful interpretations of the works. English and Spanish. Do not miss the dimly lite but stunning textile exhibit in a side room. In the subterranean level you will find the Chile before Chile exhibit. Extensive band worth the time. It can be accessed by elevator.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 January 2024
  • Georgia
    London, United Kingdom248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You won’t regret a visit
    Beautiful and well curated museum of pre-Columbian art. There are three floors divided into materials like ceramics and fabrics. The pieces they have chosen to feature are really incredible. Most of the information is available in Spanish and English so English speakers (like me) will also benefit from the contextual information provided in the form of beautiful maps and visual installations. The basement level is specifically Chilean, featuring artefacts of the indigenous Mapuche people and a stunning quipu. Entry to the exhibitions are included in the museum entry price, which is nice (and a change from places like London). The museum was not very crowded, and the facilities were good. The gift shop doesn’t give postcards so take a lot of photos!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • CTorruella
    Falmouth, Massachusetts20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing collection of pre-Columbian artifacts
    Great museum with a remarkable collection of pre-Columbian artifacts from all of Latin America. The displayed collection is not huge but jaw dropping. Their textile room is mind blowing. A must see in Santiago!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • 631BarbaraM
    Inwood, West Virginia222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Even though this is not one of the free museums of the city and costs about 10 dollars for tourists, it is well worth the cost. Has an excellent display of artifacts including two or three mummified infants. Sadly, no explanations in English but you will find this in many South American city museums. Just looking at the pottery, tools and jewelry is worth a visit. This museum is around the corner from the Cathedral of the city.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 March 2024
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631BarbaraM
Inwood, WV222 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Even though this is not one of the free museums of the city and costs about 10 dollars for tourists, it is well worth the cost. Has an excellent display of artifacts including two or three mummified infants. Sadly, no explanations in English but you will find this in many South American city museums. Just looking at the pottery, tools and jewelry is worth a visit. This museum is around the corner from the Cathedral of the city.
Written 9 March 2024
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Georgia
London, UK248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful and well curated museum of pre-Columbian art. There are three floors divided into materials like ceramics and fabrics. The pieces they have chosen to feature are really incredible. Most of the information is available in Spanish and English so English speakers (like me) will also benefit from the contextual information provided in the form of beautiful maps and visual installations.

The basement level is specifically Chilean, featuring artefacts of the indigenous Mapuche people and a stunning quipu.

Entry to the exhibitions are included in the museum entry price, which is nice (and a change from places like London). The museum was not very crowded, and the facilities were good. The gift shop doesn’t give postcards so take a lot of photos!
Written 20 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wodigro
Frankfurt, Germany59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
When we arrived there, we were immediately put off by the fact that we as foreigners were expected to pay 10 times more than the Chileans. We thought about leaving. We had seen a lot of Pre-Columbian Art elsewhere in the world already. The atmosphere in the entrance area of the museum was dull and absolutely not welcoming. We did not expect much. But since we had nothing better to do, we finally paid the ridiculous entrance fee and went for the visit. We are glad we did. The museum has exceptionally beautiful objects, very well arranged and lit. At least, the visitor can enjoy art. Of course, not even in this flagship of Chilean museums, the staff speak English.

For us, there is no justification in charging foreigners higher entrance fees than locals - when not the slightest service is provided for foreigners: no websites in English, no explanatory films in English, no flyers in English, no explanation of exhibits in English, no English speaking staff.

Nowadays in the age of Google Translate, every Chilean who masters to read and write could contribute in providing information in English. (We are Germans - English for us is a foreign language as well ...)

Written 27 December 2023
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Nola C
Canberra, Australia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This small museum rates as one of the great museums of the world for the quality of its exhibits and the care of its curation. It was the top priority on my trip to Santiago and I was not disappointed. The masterpiece collection on the top floor certainly lives up to its name. I visited on a Tuesday ( it’s closed on Mondays) and there was no difficulty accessing the upper galleries, as some earlier reviewers experienced.

Throughout the upper galleries there is quite a lot of English explanation, though some people might have missed it because it comes last in the 4 panels that typically introduce the different areas being a examined in each subsection. It’s less detailed than the Spanish language information, of course, but adequate for non-specialists. Don’t miss the small, dimly lit room dedicated to weaving. It contains some priceless pieces many hundreds of years old. Cloth is more perishable than ceramics and metals, so a lot rarer, but this wonderful collection suggests how very colourful the pre-Columbian scene must have been.

Finally, the cafe downstairs is great, especially if you are looking for good quality vegetarian or vegan food.

If you are interested in pre-Colombian America ignore the suggested 1 hour. I spent over 90 minutes upstairs alone.
Written 8 March 2023
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donlisaeve
West Hollywood, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This museum was an experience we will not forget. The displays were beautifully organized and were well lit. The textiles on display were outstanding. Lots of stone, pottery, jewelry, hats, even infant mummies. One entire floor of art starting geographically in Meso America and ending in southern Chile. The downstairs was another beautiful surprise because the displays there were so unique. There was English information, translated from the Spanish, at each display and on each artifact title card. I’m not sure why previous reviews say there was no English information. We visited on a weekday and the entire museum was open to view. Highly recommended! If you have been to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, you will find this one to be as stunning, just smaller and more manageable.
Written 25 April 2024
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Huell
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Too expensive for its value! 10,000 CLP for foreign tourists. Pretty small museum.

Many signs lack English translation altogether (all small objects and some large objects), and those larger objects that have English translation miss a lot of information compared to Spanish original text (English text 1:4 to at best 1:2 of text content vs Spanish texts). Some translations are a bit off where they took the exact corresponding word from Spanish.

In the -1 level, the English text is in a darker font which is very hard to read at several spots because of the low brightness in the room.

Expect no info on Gran Colombia as this covers only Pre-Colombia per the museum’s name: do expect Inca and pre-Inca, Maya, Aztecs, and other prehistoric peoples. Not many objects from each culture. Museum split in two floors. Not very much info on everyday life or specific cultures/mythology since they cover so many indigenous peoples.

I had too high expectations and was not content.
Written 15 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

london057
Dublin, OH682 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
First of all this museum is full of Native Chilean Art 🖼️. Second they have a lot of Native Chilean artifacts. Third the the Native Chilean Sculptures look like Native American and First Nations People sculptures. Lastly, I this is a great museum.
Written 1 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Arthur M
Nottingham, UK280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A must visit museum in Santiago - only a couple of minutes from the nearest metro.
Lots of pre-Colombian works from across south America, but the highlight for us was the basement with some fantastic larger than life figures and great pottery.
There is also some incredibly preserved weaving on the 2nd floor.
The museum would get 5*, but the descriptions in the basement are too small to read and too far away to read with reading glasses and the lighting on the signs was really dim, making soe of it impossible to read. A lot of the signs were in English, but due to the colour they were even harder to read than the Spanish
Written 5 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Memo
Chicago, IL105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The collection of artifacts is extensive and organized byway of a sensible timeline. The curators did a worthy job of providing meaningful interpretations of the works. English and Spanish. Do not miss the dimly lite but stunning textile exhibit in a side room. In the subterranean level you will find the Chile before Chile exhibit. Extensive band worth the time. It can be accessed by elevator.
Written 13 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

WanakaWitch
Wanaka, New Zealand237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This the best attraction in Santiago by a long way. Even if your not that interested in pre-columbian art, you will find this museum fascinating.
Don’t miss the small room showing fabrics and textiles.
Really enjoyed visiting.
Written 5 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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