10 History Museums in Santiago Metropolitan Region That You Shouldn't Miss

June 17, 2021 Toi Mattera

Santiago Metropolitan Region (Spanish: Región Metropolitana de Santiago) is one of Chile's 15 first-order administrative divisions. It is the country's only landlocked administrative region and contains the nation's capital, Santiago. Most commercial and administrative centers are located in the region, including Chile's main international airport, Arturo Merino Benítez.

1. Museo Interactivo Judio de Chile

Comandante Malbec 13210, Lo Barnechea 7690138 Chile +56 2 2942 8623 [email protected] http://www.mij.cl
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The Jewish History as you've never imagined. Only with reservations in advance. The exhibition is available only in Spanish for now.

2. Sala Museo Gabriela Mistral

Alameda 1058 Sala 105, Santiago Chile +56 2 2978 1071 [email protected] http://archivobello.uchile.cl/sala-museo-gabriela-mistral
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Sala Museo Gabriela Mistral

3. Salon Patrimonial J.C. Aviles

Avenida Ambrosio O'Higgins 1216 Dentro de la Casona de Curacaví, entrando a la izquierda, Curacavi 9630469 Chile +56 9 7766 0321 [email protected] http://www.casonadecuracavi.cl/
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Salon Patrimonial J.C. Aviles

The J.C Avilés patrimonial hall is a place full of history and culture, where we can find from archaeological treasures of pre-Columbian cultures that habited the Curacaví valley, to treasures of rural life that characterizes the cultural richness of the commune. The entrance to the patrimonial hall is free and aims to show the culture of the commune and Chile with an unique experience.

4. Museo Palacio Cousino

Dieciocho 438, Santiago Chile 56 2 6985063 [email protected] http://www.santiagocultura.cl/palacio-cousino/
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Museo Palacio Cousino

Reviewed By dwport - Melbourne, Australia

This is a hidden treasure of Santiago. My partner who was born and raised here had no idea it existed, so it was new experience for both of us, but became a highlight of our trip. Amazing historical building, it's like stepping into royal Europe. The tour is included in the entry price, English tours available, and a real insight into the history of Santiago. The architecture, furniture and antique items are astounding. Highly recommended if you love history. Unfortunately you cannot take photos inside the building.

5. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Bandera 361, Santiago 8320298 Chile +56 2 2928 1500 [email protected] http://www.precolombino.cl/
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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.

Reviewed By SophiaK - Athens, Greece

An ultra modern, beautiful museum with the most fascinating display of Chilean treasures, and not only. The amazing exhibits include pottery, sculpture, jewelry and textiles from the Chilean territory as well as from central America. We followed the free English tour (which was excellent) for about half hour and then we wondered through the floors on our own. Make sure you don’t miss the room with the textiles, which is part of the permanent exhibition. It is a room on the first floor, usually dark with revolving doors in order to preserve the artworks. Truly amazing.

6. Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

Avenida Matucana 501, Santiago 8350392 Chile +56 2 2597 9600 [email protected] http://ww3.museodelamemoria.cl
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Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

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.

Reviewed By yheisler - Toronto, Canada

This is a sobering look at the atrocities committed in Chile under the Pinochet Regime, and a must-see for visitors to Santiago. The museum itself is beautiful and well laid-out, and the exhibits inside are easy to follow and really reveal a lot of details about the darker history of Chile.

7. Museo Colchagua

Errazuriz Avenue 145 Santa Cruz, Santiago Chile +56 72 282 1050 http://www.museocolchagua.cl/
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Museo Colchagua

8. Museo Violeta Parra

Avenida Vicuna Mackenna N 37, Santiago 8330010 Chile +56 2 2355 4600 [email protected] http://www.museovioletaparra.cl
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Reviewed By 445martij - Spain, null

I know Violeta Parra only for her song Gracias A La Vida. Walking around in the city I saw a sign to this museum. Free entry. Many paintings outside and a lot to see inside. You hear her music, can read her poetry see her textile needle work. Close to the metro station Baquedano.

9. Museo Interactivo Audiovisual

Isidora Goyenechea 3400 Las Condes, Santiago 7550000 Chile +56 2 2963 7180 http://www.mui.cl
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Museo Interactivo Audiovisual

10. Museo de Bomberos de Santiago

Santo Domingo 978 El museo está ubicado a pasos de la Plaza de Armas y la Catedral de Santiago, Santiago Chile +56 2 2306 1562 [email protected] http://www.mubo.cl
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Museo de Bomberos de Santiago

The first interactive museum about the firemen of Chile. MUBO is an exciting experience, that invites all to get involved in the history, emotions and memories of these firemen.This museum offers the opportunity to learn about the firefighter's heritage across the Chilean history, and to feel engaged with the commitment of these men, who are the only ones that are 100% volunteer in the world.

Reviewed By jilla407 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

So glad we spotted this little private museum. We spent about an hour here. The museum us midterm and the displays, particularly in Room 1 are really well done in Spanish and in English. There are good interactive displays too and the use of modern technology and videos. It was fascinating to read about the history and devastating to see some of the fires that have ravaged the towns and buildings such as that in Valparaiso and also the Basilica in Santiago. Good things for little kids too . Outside yes a lovely courtyard with shiny old fire engines. It was very reasonably priced for entry. Can't recommend it highly enough. I shoukd also add it has very good air conditioning which was perfect fir a very hot day like today.

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