The National Museum of Natural History is the centerpiece of Parque Quinta Normal. Paul Lathoud, a French architect, designed the building for Chile's first International Exposition, in 1875. After suffering damage from successive earthquakes, the neoclassical structure was rebuilt and enlarged. Though the exhibits are slightly outdated, the large dioramas of stuffed animals against painted backdrops are still intriguing and the skeleton of an enormous blue whale hangs
in the central hall, delighting children of all ages. Exhibits are not labeled in English. This building suffered significant damage during the February 2010 earthquake and, as of this writing, was closed until further notice. Please check to see if the property has opened prior to your visit.