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“Wonderful enlightening collection”

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Ranked #8 of 499 things to do in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

This museum is worth any time you can spend—for us a few hours flew by. There are beautifully displayed artifacts from all over Latin America before any European influence, and it is amazing—the artistic beauty and technological savvy shown in pottery, metalwork, and textiles. In well lit displays with clear signage, it was easy to navigate the complexity of civilizations and timing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lori R
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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Loved this museum, especially the jewellery and textiles. But also the ceramics. Everything is beautifully exhibited and with information also in english. The interiour and lighting in the basement create a wonderful atmosphere and enhance the wonderful artworks. The staff is also friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Henriettewhite
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

this is an excellent museum. Curatorial work is outstanding. There is a sense of history and geography here that is helpful to tourists. Very easy to walk to from the Magnola.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Joseph_Tulchin
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

They have lovely pieces that are well displayed showing both geographic and cultural context. The pottery and stone work is shown with as much context as the jewelry.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank TabernashColorado
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

The Museum offers a great collection of Precolombian Art (pottery, sculptures, crafts) which is professionally display, The impressive textile collection is especially interesting. The main displays only light up as you approach the case, thus preserving them. Most of the textiles ar in pull out drawers.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paola921
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