National Museum of Natural History (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural) Tours and Activities
Between Santiago's Central Post Office and the Municipalidad, the National Museum of Natural History (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural) is housed in what was once the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, which was designed by Juan Jose de Goycolea y Zanartu and built by the Spanish Empire between 1804 and 1807 to house the Royal Courts of Justice.
Today the grand old rooms are dedicated to showcasing the eclectic remnants of Chile's past — the exhibits are divided into the themes including Mapuche silverwork, colonial furniture and art, textiles, weapons, and photography. And on a visit, you'll see everything from sewing machines to period clothes and furniture.
The ground floor is dedicated to conquest and colony, and upstairs you'll learn more about Chile's struggle for independence through to the industrial revolution and the 1973 military coup. But the only evidence you'll see of Pinochet is a stash of his presidential sashes.
Tours and Activities to Experience National Museum of Natural History (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural)
- Central Post Office
- Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
- Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo)
- Red House (Casa Colorada)
- Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino)
- Santiago Central Market (Mercado Central de Santiago)
- Plaza de la Constitucion
- Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
- Chilean National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de Chile)
- La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)
- La Vega Central Market
- Barrio Lastarria
- Forestal Park (Parque Forestal)
- San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)