Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art Tours

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Perhaps Chile's most important museum is the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino - or Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, displaying 4,500 years of American history on a very human scale.

Housed in the former Royal Customs Palace, one of the city's finest neoclassical buildings, the museum displays thousands of pieces donated by architect and collector Sergio Larraín García-Moreno. Aesthetics were obviously as important to the philanthropist as each piece's historical importance, thus these exhibits really pack a punch.

The cultures of the Andes are represented by some of the finest pieces, but the collection also features artifacts from what is now Mexico, Central America, and the Amazon basin. All are well signed in English and Spanish, offering insight into the hemisphere's human history as a whole.

Practical Info

The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is located in the heart of downtown Santiago, a bit more than a block southwest of the Plaza de Armas. Several bus lines depart from nearby, or take the L5 metro (green line) to the Plaza de Armas station.

Groups can request free, guided tours in Spanish or English by emailing the museum one month in advance. The museum's audiovisual library, which includes a noted indigenous music archive, is open to th e public. Only museum members can borrow items, however. 

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Address: Calle Bandera 361, Santiago de Chile, Chile
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Hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
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Admission: Ch$3,000
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Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Admission Ticket

Skip the line by pre-booking your admission ticket to the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Located in the heart of Santiago, and housed in an early 19th-century neoclassical building, the museum is dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artworks and artifacts from Central and South America. It has an extensive collection of art, including textiles and masks, from ancient cultures, such as the Incas and Diaguitas.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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