Palacio de Bellas Artes Tours

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Constructed in 1910, at the height of Latin America's frilly neoclassical-meets-art nouveau architectural wave, the graceful Palacio de Bellas Artes still strikes an imposing figure amidst modern Santiago's cold skyscrapers. Its ornate stone facade, which would do any cathedral proud, and permanent artistic merit make it the perfect home for the National Museum of Fine Arts.

The permanent collection, displayed in the Palacio's soaring chambers, begins with the Spanish Colonial era and traces Chile's cultural development through the styles of its artistic masters. Temporary exhibitions come from around Chile and the world. 

The MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo), Santiago's contemporary art museum, is also here. While it University of Chile-operated institution may lack the gravitas of the neighboring Fine Arts Museum, exhibits can be a lot more fun. 

Practical Info

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is located on the northern edge of the historic district, five blocks from the Plaza de Armas, close to the river. This busy neighborhood isn't the easiest to navigate with a car, but there are several metro stops nearby. The L5 green line serves the Bellas Artes stop, right in front of the building.

The Palacio's entry fee is included as part of a Turistik, which gives you a day's access to double-decker buses that circuit past most of Santiago's attractions. Guided Spanish-language tours of the museum can be arranged for groups with one week advanced notice. 

Location
Address: Parque Forestal s/n Casilla 3209, Santiago de Chile, Chile
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Hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6:50pm
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Admission: Ch600
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Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

Pedal your way around Santiago on this 3-hour small-group bike tour of the historic capital. Follow your guide past city landmarks like La Moneda Palace, the Palace of Justice and Santiago Cathedral; cruise through the lively Plaza de Armas and peek into the famous Central Market. Learn more about Santiago’s fascinating history as you glide down the Bulnes promenade, then escape the busy city streets for a tranquil ride through the Parque Forestal.
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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.
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Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

Gain a sense of all Santiago has to offer on this 5-hour guided tour. Learn about the military coup at la Moneda, see the catch of the day at the central fish market, tour the Fine Arts Museum, and ride a cable car to San Cristobal Hill. Further highlights include the colorful Bellavista neighborhood, colonial buildings in the historic center, and legendary bar La Piojera.
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Private Santiago 3-Hour Walking Tour

See historic and modern sides of Santiago on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour. Visit impressive monuments and colonial buildings like the Plaza de Armas, the Mapuche Monument, Post Office, City Hall, and Cathedral. Learn about Chile’s military coup as you visit La Moneda, the government palace. Further highlights include the commercial city center, the fish market, and the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

See the best of Santiago on this 10-hour sightseeing tour that introduces you to different neighborhoods, landmarks, and characteristics. You'll visit the financial district, check out the city's two major hills—Santa Lucia and San Cristobol—go to the top of the tallest building in Latin America, and visit a local winery for wine tastings. A 3-course lunch is also included. Select your preferred winery to visit when booking.
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Private Full-Day Bike Tour of Santiago

Get a street-level view of Santiago’s historic sites, neighborhoods, and parks on a 7-hour, small-group bicycle tour for one to seven people. This full-day Santiago tour follows bike paths, park lanes, and city streets, all equipment, and a visit to the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.
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Private Layover: Full-Day Santiago City Tour with Airport Transfer

If your plane is passing through Santiago on the way to other destinations, don’t spend the day inside the airport. Instead, take a private 8-hour layover tour that includes round-trip airport transfers and covers the highlights of Chile’s vibrant capital. With a private guide, you’ll tick off Mercado Central (Central Market), the Central Post Office, and the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista. Plus, take a tour of a local winery, eat a traditional Chilean lunch, and absorb panoramic city views from the highest building in South America.
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Santiago City Sightseeing Small-Group Tour by Night Including Dinner

Experience the sublime sights and incredible cuisine of Chile’s captivating capital on an evening sightseeing tour with dinner. Visit some of Santiago’s most bohemian and beautiful neighborhoods as you tour its historical highlights with a knowledgeable guide. Absorb arresting views of the sparkling city by night from the top of San Cristobal Hill; see the palatial La Mondea bathed in the ambient light of evening; and feast upon a gastronomical selection of local specialties at the refined Borde Rio restaurant complex. An intimate atmosphere is guaranteed on this small-group tour, where numbers are limited to just six people.
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