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"The nation's history" Top 5 Page for this destination Santiago Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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  17th century Spanish doorway
by TheWanderingCamel

Whilst the Pre-Colombian Museum is a must-see when you are in Santiago, the Museo Historico Nacional is also well worth a visit. Here, in a beautiful old building - the Palacio de la Real Audencia - on the Plaza de Armas you will find a fascinating mixture of indigenous artefacts, splendid colonial relics including furnishings and some fabulous doorways, the inevitable ecclesiastical items – South America’s colonial history and the Catholic church being inextricably linked together, and – on the top floor – exhibits relating to the country’s more recent political past. Most touching of all here is a small glass case containing a broken pair of spectacles – worn by Chiles’s doomed Socialist leader, Salvador Allende -– a poignant reminder of the coup that brought an end to democracy here in Chile for the next 20 years.

Closed on Mondays, the museum is open all other days from 10 – 5.30. There is a small admission charge.

Address: Plaza des Armas 951

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  • Updated Oct 16, 2005
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