The seven free museums you must visit in Santiago!

Because, for all national and international visitors, there are no longer difficulties in accessing the heritage and treasures of the city!

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1. The National Museum of Natural History

 

The museum was built by the French intellect Claudio Gay more than 180 years ago.

After being closed to the public due to damage caused to the building by the earthquake of 27th February 2010, the museum reopened its doors on 18th May 2012 (International Museum Day) with a renewed museum proposal, which includes a north to south tour. The tour firstly details the origin of life and the earth, and then highlights the natural and cultural landscapes of our country, emphasising the biodiversity of Chilean flora and fauna, as well as its relationship with indigenous villages.

The building was declared a National Monument in 1991.

 

LOCATION

The National Museum of Natural History is situated in the Quinta Normal Park. Metro Quinta Normal (Line 5)

OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:30

Sundays and holidays: 11:00 to 17:30

Mondays: Closed for maintenance, as well as the Quinta Normal Park.

 

2. The National Museum of Bellas Artes

 

This is the oldest art museum in Latin America and one of the symbols of the celebration of the Centenary of the Republic in 1910. The building, whose design has reference to the Petit Palais de Paris, exhibits a wide and varied collection of more than 5,500 original works including pictures, sculptures and graphics of international and national artists.

The building of the Museum of Bellas Artes was declared a National Monument on 30th December 1976.

 

LOCATION

José Miguel de la Barra 650 (at the edge of the Parque Forestal). Metro Bellas Artes (Line 5)

OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 18:45

Mondays: Closed

Opening hours of the library:

From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 13:30 and 15:00 to 17:45

 

What to do after a visit to the museum? Try and get to know Santiago with Tours4Tips. We offer tours daily at 10am and 3pm, so accompany us on this adventure, visiting and talking while walking through the capital of Chile.

The meeting point is outside this museum where you will find your guide Wally dressed in red and white stripes!

 

3. National Historical Museum

 

Situated in the Plaza de Armas, the National Historical Museum exhibits the history of Chile from the Pre-Columbian era until 1973.

In 15 rooms, it has an extensive collection of archaeological relics, military objects, artistic words and religious antiquities. They reveal the footsteps of collecting and hunting tribes that existed before the Incas, the path of the Spanish conquerors, as well as the evolution of the republican history until the government of Salvador Allende.

 

LOCATION

Plaza de Armas de Santiago 951. Metro Plaza de Armas (Line 5).

OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00

Exhibition rooms: 10:00 to 17:45

Mondays: Closed

 

4. Museum of Decorative Arts   

 

Located in the Centro Patrimonial Recoleta Dominica, this museum houses more than 3,000 pieces of porcelain, glass and silver and includes the history of the objects from the East to Latin America, and from ancient Greece up to the present.

The Museum of Decorative Arts seeks to be a national reference for the study and knowledge of useful objects as a reflection of the evolution of the different cultures throughout history.

 

LOCATION

Recoleta 683. Metro Cerro Blanco (Line 2). Inside free parking for cars and bikes.

OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:30

Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Holidays: Closed

 

5. Dominician Historical Museum

 

The Dominican Historical Museum is situated in the Centro Patrimonial Recoleta Dominica, where the Order of Preachers lived for centuries. The life of the friars inside of the cloister, their customs and rituals give this place its particular characteristics. Its traditional history and architecture and its historical religious legacy make this building a very interesting cultural space well worth visiting.

The museum has adopted the Dominican motto: “contemplata allis tradere”, which means contemplation and knowledge to be transmitted to others.

 

LOCATION

Recoleta 683. Metro Cerro Blanco (Line 2). Inside parking free for cars and bikes.

OPENING HOURS

From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:30

Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, Holidays: Closed

 

6. The Museum of Education Gabriela Mistral

 

Situated in the Barrio Yungay, the Museum of Education Gabriela Mistral offers a summary of the history of education in Chile, through a permanent exhibition, an interactive room and a valuable photographic archive.

Its concrete contribution is to raise awareness about the concepts of heritage and memory through a summary of the history of education in Chile, the training of teachers and the role of the state in the educational processes. Its collection consists of more than 6,500 artefacts and the specialised library has more than 6,000 titles.

 

LOCATION

Chacabuco 365. Metro Quinta Normal (Line 5)

OPENING HOURS

From Monday to Friday: 10:00 to 17:00

Saturdays: 10:00 to 15:30

Sundays: Closed

 

7. Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna Museum

 

This museum is located a few steps away from Barrio Lastarria. It was built is 1947 and the exhibition focuses on the life of Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna, highlighting the period in which he was the mayor of Santiago, his travels across the world and his family life, without forgetting his role as a historian, journalist and politician.

The museum houses an interesting collection of objects, such as paintings, sculptures, furniture, books, manuscripts, photographs, clothes and domestic utensils which belonged to Benjamin Vicuna Mackenna and his family.

LOCATION

Vicuna Mackenna 94. Metro Baquedano (Line 1 or 5) or Metro Parque Bustamente (Line 5)

OPENING HOURS

Mondays to Fridays: 9:30 to 17:30

Saturdays: 10:00 to 14:00

Sundays: Closed

If you are looking for a fantastic experience, then visit these museums while exploring Santiago on our bikes!

It’s easy as we have a route for you. Find out how here: Click on Museum Routes