Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

The Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, in the historic city center of Santiago, is a museum of Pre-Columbian art that opened in 1981. The collection is among the best in the world and is definitely worth visiting.

 

Visiting the Museum

Admission is CLP $3,500 (as of April 2014). It’s housed in the Palacio Real de la Casa Aduana (Royal Customs House), built in 1805, and is only a block from Plaza de Armas.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Courtyard

 

Collections

The collection is divided into the different regions of South and Central America, including Mesoamerica, Caribbean, Amazon, Central Andes, and Southern Andes.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Statue

The biggest collection by far is the Andean textiles. Ceramics, metals, stone work, jewelry, and other items are on display. Many of the cultures represented are virtually unknown to the public, but their legacy is nicely on display at this excellent museum.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Stone statues

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Stone relief

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago de Chile

Textile

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