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The Top Art Galleries in Santiago

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Updated: 11 July 2017

Whether you’re interested in contemporary or pre-Colombian art, Santiago’s art galleries will leave you content and inspired by the diversity talent on show. Let’s take a look at the top places to take in art in Chile’s capital. 

Museums

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Art)

The National Museum of Fine Arts is a central place for art history in Santiago. Named a Historic Monument in 1976, the museum boasts a collection of more than 3,000 pieces, the largest display of Chilean sculpture in the country, and the second-largest display of national paintings. With pieces dating back to the colonial period and international collections, this museum has something for everyone.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Ismael Valdés Vergara, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile, +56 988589974

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Museum of Contemporary Art)

Connected with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Chile, the Museum of Contemporary Art has deep roots in Santiago. With a collection of nearly 3,000 pieces, consisting of engraving, painting, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures, the museum aims to cultivate a sense of diversity in art that reflects contemporary culture.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Matucana 464, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile,+56 229771765

Museo de Artes Visuales (Museum of Visual Art)

Founded in the ’80s and located in the Barrio Lastarria, this museum has exhibits of all sorts, from paintings to photography. The commonalityis their depth. The mission of MAVI is to raise awareness of national, cultural, and artistic diversity, while conserving the heritage of Chilean contemporary art.

Museum of Visual Art, José Victorino Lastarria 307, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile, +56 226383502

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art)

The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art opened in December 1981, and was made possible from a generous donation of indigenous art from Chilean architect Sergio Larraín García-Moerno (1905–1999). An international scholar who was inspired by Chile’s diverse terrain and cultural diversity, Sergio Larraín believed that the artistic remnants of this population were a treasure, and a message of humanity waiting to be decoded.

Museum of Pre-Colombian Art , Bandera 361, Santiago, Chile, +56 229281500

Multimedia

Galeria Animal

Located in the upscale Vitacurra commune, this gallery aims to familiarize the public with contemporary art. Galeria Animal boasts an eclectic collection, from experiential art to historic artists such as Picasso.

Galeria Animal, Av. Nueva Costanera 3731, Santiago, Chile, +56 223719090

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Centro Arte Alameda

The main multimedia hub of the city, located in Plaza Italia, Centro Arte Alameda hosts video showings, concerts, photography exhibitions, and more. For a diverse sense of art appealing to a variety of audiences, head over to Centro Are Alameda.

Centro Arte Alameda, Av. Libertador Bernardo O`Higgins 139, Santiago, Chile, +56 226648821

PLOP!

Located in the arsty Barrio Lastarria area, this is Chile’s first art gallery boasting unique illustrations and creative comics. PLOP! is colorful in every sense of the word. Consistently hosting conferences, workshops, and book presentations, PLOP! is very involved in the graphic and comic community and is a great place to find creative inspiration.

PLOP!, Merced 349, no 7. Barrio Lastarria, Santiago, Chile, +56 226332902

Galeria La Puerta

A hub for contemporary Chilean art, Galeria La Puerta plays host to a multitude of multimedia: paintings, sculptures, digital art, photography, and interior design. Created through the collaboration of architect and artist María Paz Bonomi and mathematician and computer scientist Carolina Galilea, Galeria La Puerta is all about community, creativity, and contemporary Chilean art.

Galeria Lapuerta, Cerro Colorado 5848, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile, +56 22119239

Isabel Aninat Galeria De Arte

Santiago’s oldest art gallery, Isabel Aninat Galeria De Arte houses Chilean and international contemporary art. The founder, Isabel Aninat, studied philosophy and aesthetics, so it is no wonder this gallery is so aesthetically pleasing. With three exhibition spaces, including one outdoors, Isabel Aninat Galeria De Arte offers flexibility and freedom for both artists and visors. With its simple white exterior, it is also a great place to stop for a quick photoshoot before heading inside.

Isabel Aninat Galeria De Arte, Calle Espoz 3100, Vitacura, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile, +56 224819870