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Archeological Museum of Father Le Paige

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Address: Gustavo Le Paige 380, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Phone Number: 56 55 851002
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Established in 1955 by Belgian priest Gustavo Le Paige, this vital museum...

Established in 1955 by Belgian priest Gustavo Le Paige, this vital museum covers 11,000 years of Atacameña culture.

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Mummies are no longer displayed, but still worth the visit

Very small but full of interesting displays and history telling. The famous mummies are no longer displayed due to vocal protests from the natives, but still worth the visit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2015
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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Eventhough it is a very interesting place and a must of San Pedro de Atacama, currently the Museum is closed and will remain closed for at least two years.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Padre Gustavo Le Paige, a belgium priest that was the first one collecting and searching of archeological remains as well as mummies in the are. The museum was named on him for the important contribution he made. The mummies that he collected are kept at the museum in a sealed are, not for public exhibition due to the respect requested... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

This museum is currently being knocked down.It´s supposed to be re-opening again later this year somewhere else in San Pedro. We saw it two years ago, it was worth a visit.

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Thank judrich
Calama, Chile
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Don't put this on your "to do" list. It is closed. It says it is closed for renovations. That is Chilean for "closed and who knows when it will open again". Apparently, Santiago is a more important place to exhibit antiquities.

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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

It has been closed for renovation/reconstruction or whatever, and stands out as a pathetic homage to the Jesuit padre, Fr. Le Paige, after whom it is named. With San Pedro de Atacama now being on the Global Tour and with revenue from tourism flushing in by the millions, it is hoped that this museum is once again opened to the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

This museum s closed long term for renovations and the exhibits have been moved to Santiago. It's still on tnhe tour list though, which is downright dishonest.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Very small but full of interesting displays and history telling. The famous mummies are no longer displayed due to vocal protests from the natives, but still worth the visit. And it is air conditioned!!

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015

Interesting although very brief review of archaeological history of the region, but the mummies have been moved and things did not seem too different from Peru / Bolivia. Did not address who the people were, where they went, daily lives etc. Avoid the bathrooms.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

As you enter the museum, there is a 25 minute documentary that you can see on why did they remove the mummified bodies of the Atacamenan ancestors from the museum.. It is a good discussion of how the indigenous people felt... the museum then traces the origins of people in the valley all the way to 12000 BC and almost... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

The museum no longer displays the mommies which gave weight to the exhibit. The exhibit consists of artifacts, maps and descriptions of human settlements in the area. The most disappointing feature of this museum is the lack of cleanliness of the toilette facilities. It was very bad. It lacked privacy. The smell was unbearable.

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