The Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian America was one of the pioneering efforts of Sergio Larraín García-Moreno and the Municipality of Santiago for Latin America as an institution created to guard, to study and disseminate the artistic heritage of all pre-Columbian peoples of America, without regard to political boundaries that divide countries today.
The main feature of the original collection of this museum is to be constituted by parts that were not chosen for scientific or anthropological, even encyclopedic. Your interest and homogeneity is that all were chosen according to criteria of the donor essentially aesthetic. Hence derived the name of the museum of art "to distinguish one from anthropology, archeology and ethnography.
The museum has to rest with valuable ethnographic collections, among which objects Mapuche and Aymara.
Currently the museum s collection with 3110 pieces covering a period of about 10,000 years of American history.
It has a library specialized in pre-Columbian art, archeology, anthropology and prehistory of America with a collection of approximately 6,000 volumes of books, 500 journal titles and 1,900 reprints. The library material is available only to members of the museum.
The museum displays a permanent exhibition called "Art in Pre-Columbian America, and traveling exhibits that change year to year. The museum has a free guide service which can be requested by phone or email.
Its hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 to 18 hrs. and Mondays closed.
Address: Bandera 361, Santiago, Chile / / Mobile +56 2 688 7348 / / Value Admission $ 7 Approx