Museum of Memory and Human Rights#5 in Best Things To Do in Santiago
If you're looking to learn more about General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, plan a visit to the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos). The museum catalogues Pinochet's 17-year rule, which resulted in the torture, murder and disappearance of thousands of Chileans. According to many recent visitors, the museum succeeds in increasing cultural awareness of the thousands of residents impacted by persecutions, exoneration, imprisonment and torture during Pinochet's rule. The museum pays tribute to the thousands of lives lost between 1973 and 1990 through photographs of victims, video coverage of protesters and a host of legal documents, letters and artifacts from the late 20th century.
Visitors describe the museum's collection of stories and objects as enlightening, yet somber. "The stories, pictures and artifacts are amazing, if somewhat chilling. It is important to learn these lessons so it doesn't happen again," commented one TripAdvisor user. Upon entering the museum, also be sure to admire its glass and copper building, designed by acclaimed Brazilian architect Marcos Figueroa.
You can reach the Museum of Memory and Human Rights by taking metro Line 5 to the Quinta Normal stop. Admission is free and exhibitions are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the museum stays open until 8 p.m. between January and March. The documentation center, which features a digital library and extensive collection of historical documents and audio files from 1973 to 1990, stays open year-round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday, and is located in the basement of the museum. You may pick up an audio guide, available in English, for 2,000 CLP (about $3.50 USD). For further details, consult the official Museum of Memory and Human Rights website (written in Spanish).
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