In Chile and wondering which museums to visit? Check out our guide, featuring museums from the capital all the way south to Magallanes. From art to poetry and battleships, Chile is full of fascinating exhibitions. Here’s our pick of the best.
Whether it’s a rainy day or your kids are experiential learners, Chile’s leading interactive museum is a must, with around 430,000 visitors passing through its doors every year. Located in the capital, Interactive Museum Mirador contains exhibits exploring a variety of science-related themes, such as citadels, mechanisms, fluids, mind and brain, light, energy, robotics, perception, electromagnetism, mining and 3D cinema.
San Pedro de Atacama is one of the best places to stargaze in Chile, due to the open space and lack of artificial light. Probably the coolest museum is Museo del Meteorito, it has one of the world’s largest displays of meteorites – all of which fell in the Atacama Desert. If you are interested in the planet and the solar system, this is the place for you, offering audio tours in Deustch, English, Español, Francais and Portugués.
If you appreciate French neoclassical architecture and design, then be sure to check out Palacio Sara Braun in Punta Arenas. Braun was of Baltic German ethnicity, but moved to Chile with her parents in 1873 in response to a Chilean initiative to increase European immigration. She later married a wealthy Portuguese business man, José Nogueiram, who left Braun with a fortune, part of which funded the construction of this house. For the history buff and the artist alike, a trip to Palacio Sara Braun will be exciting and whimsical.