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Museums in Santiago, Chile

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Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts is packed with drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures from the 16th through 20th centuries. Most of the work is from around Chile and elsewhere in South America. This fine arts museum also contains a library with more than 15,000 volumes. It is situated in a grandiose Neoclassical building that was built in 1910.

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Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art consists of a variety of indigenous artifacts, some of which that date back to 4,500 years ago. It is situated in the former Old Customs House in downtown Santiago, and has items from the Mayan, Incan and Aztec eras that are explained in both Spanish and English. A visit to this museum gives visitors insight not only into the history of Chile, but throughout the lands of Latin America, from Shamanism in the Caribbean to art in the tropical jungle of the Amazon. Some of the art pieces displayed in this museum include sculptures, weaving works, looms, gold, silver, textiles and tools.

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National History Museum

Chile’s National History Museum covers the period from when Europeans discovered the Americas, up through the colonial era, independence and the on to the 20th century. History fans will have an easy time being enlightened by this museum, and art fans will be able to enjoy its collection of excellent painted portraits. Some of the historical topics covered in this museum include industry, railroads, conflict between natives and Europeans and geographical expansion.

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Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum is a historiography of fashion, with aims to collect, preserve and protect important items and themes from each period of fashion history. This museum displays an interesting assortment of style themes, which range from tennis, music icons and the 1962 World Cup.

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Mirador Interactive Museum

The Mirador Interactive Museum is mainly designed for children to interact with the many hands-on science, art and technology exhibits. There are 14 halls in this building, full of 300 interactive exhibits. In one area, visitors can learn the basics in how to create their own robots. In other areas, people can learn about natural disasters, the mind and brain, electromagnetism and more.

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