Art and Culture: Museums of Santiago

Santiago, as we have mentioned on several occasions, is a city with a great wealth of art and culture. This, due to the different museums that are in the capital, that in addition, are in charge of strengthening the neighborhoods of the city.

In Santiago there are 27 museums, among which are the most important and historical in the country. Here is a list of the most visited museums in the city. Despite this, those who are not on the list are equally important and vary according to the interests of each person.


Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Located in front of the Parque Forestal, in the Bellas Artes neighborhood, there is the National Museum of Fine Arts (founded in 1880) that has more than 5,000 works including paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs and sculptures. In addition, the museum has Spanish, Dutch, Italian and African collections.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:45. Your entry is free. Just one block away is the Metro Station “Bellas Artes”, on Line 5.


Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC)

This museum, belongs to the Faculty of Arts of the University of Chile, is, as its name says, a museum specialized in modern art, with the intention of exploring new productive options, both in its collection and in the exhibitions invited by the museum (national and international) from a contemporary perspective, having as a mission to develop programs far from the conventional in order to be an instrument of reception for other fields of art. His collection reaches more than 2,800 pieces.

It has two locations:

– Parque Forestal. Ismael Valdés Vergara 506. Metro Station Bellas Artes

– Quinta Normal. Matucana 464. Metro Station Quinta Normal


Museo Histórico Nacional

Located in the Plaza de Armas of our city, the National Historical Museum seeks to show its visitors the history of Chile from pre-Columbian times until 1973. Founded in 1911, this museum has been in charge of showing Chileans as foreigners, vestiges archaeological, military pieces, artistic works and religious antiquities, ranging from hunter and gatherer peoples, through the Spanish conquerors, to the government of Salvador Allende.

It is located in Plaza de Armas 951, Metro Station Plaza de Armas.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Museo de Arte Precolombino

Located in the center of the capital is the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, which seeks to show different art pieces of Amerindian peoples, whether they are Aztec, Mayan, Inca or Andean. Its collection has more than 5,000 pieces of permanent exhibition.

It is located at Bandera 361.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For foreign residents the value of the ticket is 500 CLP. For foreign students, the value is 6,000 CLP


Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos

Undoubtedly, one of the most important and interesting museums in the city. It was founded in 2010, seeking to be a space to commemorate the victims of human rights violation during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The museum exhibits documents, letters, photographic archives and different records of the period, which show what was lived during the 70 ‘and 80’.

The museum is located on Matucana street, Quinta Normal metro station and there is also an underground access from that same station.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Free entrance.


Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Chile

It was founded more than 180 years ago. It seeks to make a tour from north to south, highlighting the landscapes of our country, emphasizing flora and fauna, such as mammals and embalmed birds.

It is also known for having, in its main hall, a huge whale skeleton that reaches 16 meters.

It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Entrance is also free.


Museo Interactivo Mirador (MIM)

A family museum, for children and adults and extremely fun. The MIM, although it is far from the city, is a must-see museum where you will feel like a child again. In a fun way you will experiment with science through different games such as the bed of nails, swirls of water, the measurement of the power of your criminal shot, among many other sections.

It is complicated to arrive, so you can plan your trip by clicking here.

Admission is free.





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