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Salesian Museum

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Address: Avenida Presidente Manuel Bulnes 336, Punta Arenas 6212680, Chile
Phone Number:
+56 61 222 1001
10:00 - 12:30
15:00 - 17:30
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15:00 - 17:30
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Good natural history displays, especially for the fauna of the southern cone. You can see a condor up close! I was grateful that there were no displays of indigenous skeletons or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good natural history displays, especially for the fauna of the southern cone. You can see a condor up close! I was grateful that there were no displays of indigenous skeletons or body parts which were commonly collected over 100 years ago. But there are informative dioramas showing how the indigenous people lived. There is a good shop for gifts and... More 

Thank RogerCello
Rabat, Morocco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the only museum you will find in Patagonia showing something about the life of its original inhabitants

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Dallas, Tx
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here as part of a cruise ship day tour. Museum did have a group of school kids here (not a problem, as I'm a museum volunteer in Dallas) during our visit, but handled very well. Best spot we saw on our entire cruise to understand the indigenous people of the area- great photos. As a geologist, I was drawn... More 

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Montgomery, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I and two other friends took a city tour of Punta Arenas during a port stop on our Princess cruise around Cape Horn and the southern tip of South America. We had to tender ashore. One stop was the Salesian Museum (Maggiorino Borgatello). It was a small, but very nice museum covering history and artifacts from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

If you visit only ONE museum in Punta Arenas (while waiting for your tour, trek or cruise) then go to Father Agostini's collection (the Salesian Museum). Although it has very small exhibits they cover history and bio-diversity of the region in simple and captivating exhibits; even the history of oil exploration and development in the area. But the BEST part... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This museum, located near the municipal cemetery, is modest is size but has a variety of exhibits all about the region's history, crafts, wildlife, etc. Well worth a visit.

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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Old fashioned, but well-intentioned, it gives the history of missionaries, their ethnographic collecting and scientific activities, and their role accompanying colonisation and extinction of indigenes. Fascinating collection, presented partially like in a school museum, but clearly trying to improve, with limited room f maneuvre. A must in punta arenas, and the bookshop is a true source! Also as a legend... More 

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Cowra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

A very interesting exhibition of the early Indians and their culture and the influence of the missionaries on their life and culture.

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Slingerlands, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

This is a quirky museum, but there are lots of real gems. The birds may not all have been ideal specimens, but they served as a great intro the real thing. There is a fascinating history of diving, which started much earlier than we had ever thought. There is a model of the cave of the hands -- a bit... More 

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

I always love to see the needle work that has been done in the past. In this museum there is a mix of wild life, clothes people wore (some religious influence seen on some of the clothing), and the new, wind turbine technology. I do not recall if there is an elevator or not. There is a second floor with... More 

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