The Chilean National Museum of Natural History is located in Santiago. The Museum was founded on the 14th of September 1930 by a French naturalist Claudio Gay, at the direction of the government. Today it is the oldest Museum of Natural History in South America.
The Museum exhibits a rich collection of Chilean flora and fauna, butterflies and other insects, and mollusks, and vertebrates of the Mesozoic era. One of the most notable exhibits is the large skeleton of a carnotaurus (predatory dinosaur) that lived about 11,5 thousand years ago in the Pleistocene era. The remains of that predatory dinosaur were found in a cave in Southern Chile.
Here you can see an extensive collection of minerals collected from all over the country. But still, the greatest attraction of the Museum consists in the world's largest collection of wooden tablets with inscriptions in hieroglyphics rongorongo from the Easter island.
The Chilean National Museum of Natural History is an exciting place for a family educational vacation. There are interesting interactive activities for both kids and adults to introduce the natural history of Chile to everyone.
Parque Quinta Normal, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Phone: +56 2 2680 4603
33° 26′ 31.81″ S, 70° 40′ 54.62″ W