National History Museum, Santiago

National History Museum, Santiago

The National History Museum of Santiago would appeal to history buffs from all over the world, much as to lovers of art who would also find plenty of interest in its corridors and one of the eighteen exhibition halls. The museum, located right opposite Plaza de Armas, is a historical marvel which recounts the nation’s illustrious history from the time of early explorers and discovery by Europeans to about 1973 when the Junta coup plunged the country under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

The layout of the museum makes it very easy for a visitor to navigate through its halls, easily transporting themselves in time from the era of Chile's first discovery to the colonial period, the independence time through to the modern days. There is so much to learn about all these periods and the traveler will definitely have a lot to take in. Practically everything that has molded Chile into the country it is today, including railroads, wars, conflicts, industry and expansion during the colonial era, is on display.

Paintings in the National History Museum are nothing short of impressive, too, with original portraits of individuals who have gained a foothold in the history of the country.

Tip:
Remember to ask for the free audio guide - they're good! You can also ask to visit the clock tower and see Arms Square from above.

Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm; Free admission

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Sight Name: National History Museum
Sight Location: Santiago, Chile (See walking tours in Santiago)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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