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Top 10 Museums in Santiago, Chile - Plan Your Trip!

Santiago de Chile has been maligned for years by travel publications as a place to stop, but not to stay. We, however, heartily disagree. The city has improved immensely over the past few years, and is now a destination in itself - but make sure you get there before it gets too touristy.

Santiago is one of our favorite destinations in Latin America, and the museums are a big reason for that; Santiago offers a wide variety of museums where you can learn its history, culture, art, and marvelous natural wonders. 

Here is HostTonight's list of 10 museums that you can’t miss in Santiago de Chile!

Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda

Here you will find diverse exhibits and collections of Chilean culture and learn about modern Chilean life, great national artists, cinema, and regional points of view.

Location: Under the Plaza de la Ciudadanía just to the north of the La Moneda palace.

Entry is $1000 CLP(around $1.30 USD).

Hours: Monday - Sunday 9am to 9pm.

Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda Santiago Chile

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

The Fine Arts Museum offers varied exhibits from both Chilean and international artists. The building was constructed in 1910 and displays incredible and diverse architecture.

Location: Parque Forestal just steps from Metro Bellas Artes.

Entry is $600 CLP (less than $1 USD) and is free on Sundays.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6:45pm.

Museo Nacional Bellas Artes Santiago Chile

Museo de la Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos

The Human Rights museum (“Museum of Memory”) features extensive exhibitions of what occurred in Chile under the Military Dictatorship. Not for the weak, the museum is dedicated to commemorating the victims of Human Rights violations from the era of the Dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1974 - 1990.

This is a perfect place for those who want to deepen their understanding of the Chilean people, their history, and their culture; the museum has many materials, information, and exhibits that are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere.

The Human Rights museum, in our opinion, is an essential part of understanding Chile, its people, and why things are as they are. The resilience and strength of spirit of the Chilean people is tangible in the face of such hardships that happened not even 20 years ago.

The museum has a café and tours in English and Spanish.

Location: Matucana 501, Downtown Santiago (Santiago Centro) at the exit of Metro Quinta Normal. 

Entry is free.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Museo de la Memoria y Derechos Humanos Santiago Chile

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Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

The Museum of Natural History features a wide collection of Chilean flora and fauna. Chile is a country with a mind-bogglingly wide range of climates and landscapes, so you can imagine the huge variety of animals and vegetation in this museum.

Location: Parque Quinta Normal at Metro Quinta Normal.

Entry is $600 CLP (<$1 USD) and free on Sundays.

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5:30pm.

Museo Historia Natural Santiago Chile

Museo Histórico Nacional

The Museum of National History gives you a look into the history of Chile from the Pre-Columbian era to the 21st century. You will find artifacts, paintings, clothing, and more from different historical periods.

Locaton: North side of the Plaza de Armas.

Entry is $600 CLP (<$1 USD) and free on Sundays.

Hours: Sunday - Tuesday 10am - 6pm.

Museo Historico Nacional Santiago Chile

Museo Interactivo Mirador

The Interactive Museum is excellent to visit with children and features exhibitions, workshops, and creative games that allow for experimentation and exploration.

Location: Parque Brasil in the La Granja sector.

Entry is $3900 CLP (approx. $6 USD).

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 9:30am - 6:30pm.

Interactive Museum Santiago Chile

La Casa la Chascona

La Casa is one of the houses of Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet and winner of the Nobel Prize. It offers a labyrinth of rooms and antiques that the poet himself once used, and in which he found inspiration. His other two houses are located in Isla Negra and Valparaíso.

Location: Base of Cerro San Cristóbal in the Bellavista neighborhood.

Entry is $2500 CLP (approx. $4 USD), and tours in English are $3500 CLP (approx. $5.50 USD)

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

La Chascona Pablo Neruda Museum Santiago Chile

Museo Colonial San Francisco

Constructed in 1628, the San Francisco is one of the oldest buildings in Santiago and is housed in the convent of San Francisco. It offers a collection of colonial and religious art.

Location: Londres street near Metro Universidad de Chile.

Entry is $1000 CLP (approx. $1.50 USD)

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 1:30pm / 3pm - 6pm. Weekends 10am - 2pm.

Museum Colonial San Francisco Santiago Chile

Museo de Arte Pre-Colombino

The Museum of Pre-Colombian Art has a fine collection of unique art from all of Latin America.

Location: One block to the west of the Plaza de Armas.

Entry is $3000 CLP (approx. $4.50 USD)

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.

Museum Pre colombian Art Santiago Chile

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

The Museum of Contemporary Art features paintings, sculptures, and other works from the latter half of the 20th century. It shares a building with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Location: Parque Forestal joined with the Fine Arts Museum.

Entry is $600 pesos CLP (<$1 USD) and is free on Sundays.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sundays and Holidays 11am - 5pm.

Museum Contemporary Art Santiago Chile

Museo de Artes Visuales

The Museum of Visual Arts features rotating art collections that change every few months and includes the Archaeological Museum of Santiago.

Location: Close to Cerro Santa Lucía and the Parque Forestal, Metro U. Católica.

Entry is $1000 CLP (approx. $1.50 USD).

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11am - 7pm.

Museum Visual Arts Santiago Chile

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