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“A country in transition”

Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos
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Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 503 things to do in Santiago
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Memory and Human Rights seeks to draw attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990. Its mission is to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and to promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again. It is a Bicentennial project, inaugurated on January 2010, by then President Bachelet. Its purpose is to promote educational initiatives that enhance knowledge and consideration. Its location, on Matucana Street, is also part of an ongoing effort to promote the cultural circuit of Santiago's West Side. Through objects, documents and archives presented in different settings and formats, as well as a innovative sight and sound presentation, it is possible to learn part of this history: the military coup, the repression that took place in the following years, the resistance movement, exile, international solidarity, reparation policies.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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“A country in transition”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

It gives a message equally to Chileans as well as to foreign visitors about the inhumanity of man and the stupidity of imbalances of power within a society. It provokes much thought and introspection for all.

Visited November 2013
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“An Excellent, In-depth Exhibit of a Horrible Period of History”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

This Museum offers a comprehensive, well-documented insight into the atrocities committed by Pinochet and the military during their take-over of power from Chilean President Salvador Allende. The deaths, tortures and disappearances are heart-rendering. Photos and film clips from the actual bombings of the Presidential Palace and rounding up of men, women and children are displayed. The collection of these pictures, newscasts and films bring the museum visitor into the horror of violent civil uprising. Interviews with survivors, including members of the government, families which suffered loses, etc. are rightfully upsetting.
This museum is not to be missed.

Visited November 2013
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“Very moving”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Glad we did it but it was sad and disturbing. We expected that because of the nature of the museum. We did not rent headphones because I read Spanish adequately but there is virtually nothing written in English. May want to rent headphones.

Visited November 2013
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“Must See”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

Intense and very moving, this museum is an absolute must see while in Santiago. For English speakers, having the audio tour is essential for understanding all that the museum is about.

Visited November 2013
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“Never Again”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

A museum that reminds us of the depth and scale of the murderous rampage of the military coup that toppled the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. Chile needed this museum to come face to face with its past and to remind itself that this should not be allowed to repeat again.

The museum documents events preceding and following the coup with extensive documentations in the form of personal interviews, pictures and videos of actual events. The third floor of the museum has photos of many of those citizens who either disappeared or were killed on the wall and an open space in the shape of balcony with candle-shaped lights in the form of tributes to these individuals. Very moving.

Almost all of the descriptions were in Spanish. I was at the museum with a Chilean friend who could interpret things for me as needed. However, simultaneous English translations of the descriptions in Spanish would have helped in getting a full perspective of the presentations.

Visited November 2013
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