Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Why You'll Love It
Opened in 1981, by an architect and indigenous art collector, the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art) is one of Latin America’s best museums, and one of the best museums I’ve ever visited.
Over 3,000 works of indigenous art from Central and South America, highlight the cultural richness of the region. Founder Sergio Larraín García-Moreno selected objects based on their aesthetics, rather than necessarily on historical importance of a piece.
In addition to the outstanding permanent collections, including the can’t miss Chile antes de Chile (Chile Before Chile), the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.
The building itself, the restored 19th century Royal Customs House in Plaza de Armas, adds to the beauty, and the museum is enjoyable to walk through as well.
It is a spectacular collection and well worth your time.
Know Before You Go
In addition to museum pieces being labeled in English and Spanish, there’s also a good English-language brochure available. You can also download a helpful audio guide