Quinta Normal Park is located in the historic center of Santiago. This is the first public Park in Chile and Latin America, it was founded in 1842. It was named "Quinta" in honor of the tax of that time, when each estate paid one-fifth part. And the name “Normal” appeared in honor of the prestigious scientific School in Paris (Escuela Normal Superior de París). Initially the Park was created to grow foreign species of plants there.
By the way, the Park houses the National Museum of natural history with an interesting exposition about the nature and climate of Chile. It is the oldest Museum in Chile, which was opened in 1830, and in 1876, it moved to a specially constructed building, where it is situated now. The visit of this Museum is recommended to those ones, who plan to continue journey through Chile. There is a free admission on Sundays.
On weekdays, the Park is quiet and peaceful; and on weekends, there are many parents with children, and the drummers play Samba for hours. The Park has barbecue areas and playgrounds for children.
The Quinta Normal Park is constantly swept, cleaned, watered, the Park shines with washed greenery and freshness. On Mondays, after the influx of visitors over the weekend, the Park is closed for maintenance.
There is a beautiful Catholic Cathedral — Basilica of our Lady of Lourdes- near the Park.
Closed on Mondays
II - VII: 07:30 - 20:15
Matucana 520, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Phone: +56 9 7645 5129
33° 26′ 26.57″ S, 70° 40′ 57.35″ W