If you are interested in the history of Chile, don't miss the National Historical Museum located right in the heart of the historic center of the city Santiago. The National Historical Museum (Museo Historico Nacional) introduces the history of Chile from pre-Columbian era to the 20th century. You will find everything from the clothes of different periods, paintings, coins and much more. The well-represented exhibits, unfortunately, end by to the coup of 1973, when Pinochet overthrew the legally elected President Salvador Allende. So, the National Historical Museum covers the period from the discovery of America by Europeans and the colonial era before independence and the present.
Pinochet is still a controversial figure for Chileans, even though he is no longer alive, and he was not in power since the early 1990s. Many Chileans consider him a monstrous villain, about the same number of locals consider him the savior of the nation, who laid a solid foundation for today's prosperity and stability. Almost no one remains neutral. The Museum wisely decided to wait, while passions would subside, because both sides would be unhappy.
The Museum is recommended for lovers of art, especially painting. There is a rich collection of portraits, which is enough to fill a large room in any art museum. The portraits show many of the most important figures in the history of Chile, including Ferdinand Magellan, Bernardo O’Higgins, Jose de San Martin and many others. The Museum is located on the North side of the Plaza de Armas, the Palace of the Royal audience of Santiago (Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago).
II - VII: 10:00 - 18:00
Plaza de Armas 951, Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Phone: (+56 2) 224117010
33° 26′ 13.2″ S, 70° 39′ 2.2″ W