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Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Santiago

Pre-Columbian Art Museum, Santiago (must see)

Art enthusiasts in search of Pre-Columbian art should definitely make a stop at the Pre-Columbian Art Museum in Santiago where some of the finest collections in this category are housed. For more than half a century, architect and passionate art collector, Sergio Larrain Garcia-Moreno, dedicated his time to collecting artifacts, most of which are currently located in the museum, opened in 1981.

The historical scope of the art displayed in this museum is about four and a half thousand years and each of the art pieces presented has a beauty that evokes emotion and exhibits the passion that the collector obviously had. Art from Mexico, Central America and the Amazon are featured in this museum, and they have a lot of aesthetic value, though most of them are not popular.

The museum is a testament to the diversity that existed in the Americas before the 16th century, in terms of culture and heritage, and outlines the daily activities of the indigenous people – architecture, music and war. The museum also contains an audiovisual library that has a lot of music files available to the public. One has to be a member of the museum, though, to borrow any of them.

Groups that wish to tour the museum can email their request up to one month in advance; the tours are available in Spanish and English.

Why You Should Visit:
To feel transported in time by walking through the halls, particularly the display in the basement of true primitive and pre-Columbian art.
There are also 3 galleries housing temporary collections that are equally well displayed, and with information also available in English.
The accent is more on the aesthetics of the artifacts and the museum really succeeds in carrying that through.

Tip:
Try to arrive before lunchtime, as it is usually packed.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Pre-Columbian Art Museum
Sight Location: Santiago, Chile
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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