Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art

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When outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Andes' jagged peaks and wine lovers explore the Maipo Valley's spectacular vineyards, art history buffs head to the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino). The museum's permanent collection includes a diverse assemblage of pottery, sculptures and textiles from Mesoamerica, the Amazon, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Andes. Highlights include pieces from the Inca and Aztec empires and Chinchorro mummies. The temporary exhibits, which showcase everything from desert hats to weavings to rock art, are also worth visiting.

Travelers give the museum heaps of praise for its versatile collection of artifacts and well-designed layout. One TripAdvisor user was "amazed at the extent and quality of the collection," noting that the museum is "well designed […] telling a story within a story on how the pieces came to be."

The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Regular admission costs 3,500 CLP (about $6.50 USD), and discounted rates are available for students and seniors. The museum also provides audio guides in English and offers guided tours for no extra fee — but you must make arrangements for a guided tour in advance. You'll find the museum located a block away from the Plaza de Armas (accessible via the Plaza de Armas metro stop on Line 5). For more information, consult the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art website (written in Spanish).

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