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  • 1. Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center (GAM)

    Santiago Centro | Arts/Performance Venue

    This giant cultural center just steps from the Universidad Católica metro houses some of Santiago's most interesting indigenous arts exhibits...Read More

  • 2. Museo de Artes Visuales

    Lastarria | Museum/Gallery

    This dazzling museum of contemporary art has one of Chile's finest collections of contemporary Chilean art and it displays the combined private...Read More

  • 3. Museo de La Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos

    Parque Quinta Normal | Museum/Gallery

    This museum is a powerful testimony to the coup that established the Chilean dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet; the resulting detention, torture...Read More

  • 4. Museo Ferroviario

    Parque Quinta Normal | Museum/Gallery

    Chile's once-mighty railroads have been relegated to history, but this acre of Parque Quinta Normal keeps the memory alive. Sixteen steam locomotives...Read More

  • 5. Correo Central

    Santiago Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in what was once the ornate Palacio de los Gobernadores, this building dating from 1715 is one of the most beautiful post offices you...Read More

  • 6. Museo Arqueológico de Santiago

    Lastarria | Museum/Gallery

    This archaeological museum, devoted specifically to the indigenous peoples of Chile, more than makes up for its small size with the quality...Read More

  • 7. Museo Artequín

    Parque Quinta Normal | Museum/Gallery

    The resplendent Pabellón París outside the Parque Quinta grounds houses this interactive museum that teaches the fundamentals of art to children...Read More

  • 8. Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

    Santiago Centro | Museum/Gallery

    This well-endowed collection of artifacts of the region's indigenous peoples, much of it donated by the collector Sergio Larraín García-Moreno...Read More

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  • 9. Museo Colonial de San Francisco

    Santiago Centro | Museum/Gallery

    This monastery adjacent to Iglesia San Francisco houses the best collection of 17th-century colonial paintings on the continent. Contained in...Read More

  • 10. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

    Parque Forestal | Museum/Gallery

    After two ambitious restorations–-the first completed in 2008 and then another after the destructive 2010 earthquake–-the elegant Museum of...Read More

  • 11. Museo de Ciencia y Tecnología

    Parque Quinta Normal | Museum/Gallery

    Children can spend a happy half hour at this small science-and-technology museum's interactive exhibits, while adults can peruse its collection...Read More

  • 12. Museo de la Moda

    Vitacura | Museum/Gallery

    The Fashion Museum, opened in 2007 by a son of Jorge Yarur Banna, one of Chile's most successful textile barons, hosts small but choice exhibitions...Read More

  • 13. Museo Histórico Nacional

    Santiago Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The colonial-era Palacio de la Real Audiencia served as the meeting place for Chile's first Congress in July 1811. The building then functioned...Read More

  • 14. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

    Parque Forestal | Museum/Gallery

    Unfortunately, Chile's main fine arts museum now has only a small part of its excellent collection of Chilean painting on display, confining...Read More

  • 15. Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

    Parque Quinta Normal | Museum/Gallery

    The National Natural History Museum is the centerpiece of Parque Quinta Normal. French architect Paul Lathoud designed the building for Chile...Read More

  • 16. Galería AFA

    Santiago Centro | Museum/Gallery

    If for no other reason, you should go to the AFA gallery because it's tucked away in a fascinating little plaza and alleyway just steps from...Read More

  • 17. Casa Colorada

    Santiago Centro | House/Mansion/Villa

    The appropriately named Red House is one of the best-preserved colonial structures in the city. Mateo de Toro y Zambrano, president of Chile...Read More

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