Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago

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Neighborhood · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
Appreciate exquisite paintings in a spectacular setting at Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts, the oldest institution of its kind in South America. Established in 1880, the museum moved to its current location, the Palace of Fine Arts, in 1910. Admire the ornate architecture of the colonial-style building as you move through the collection, which houses pieces by renowned Chilean artists like Luis Vargas Rosas and Roberto Matta. You might expect more pieces to fill the large building, which can seem somewhat empty. Despite this, the free museum undoubtedly warrants a visit. Use our Santiago driving holiday planner to visit Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts on your trip to Santiago, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We were far more impressed by the architecture than by the displays. I have since learned that many of the displays had been removed due to the protests. The outside of the building had beautiful...  more »
  • This museum had free admission. The paintings focus on Chilean artists whose artwork is excellent. This museum is in an old palace that was built in 1910. There are many rooms to explore...  more »
  • What a magnificent place. It already begins with the amazing statue they have at the entrance. You definitely should visit this place.
  • The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts (Spanish: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or MNBA), located in Santiago, Chile, is one of the major centers for Chilean Art and for broader South American art. Established in 1880 (making it the oldest in South America), the organization is managed by the "Artistic Union" (Unión Artística).
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