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Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck

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Address: Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar 2520763, Chile
Phone Number: +56 32 268 6753
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Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century,...

Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century, this impressive building was acquired by the local Municipal Authorities in 1985, and converted into a museum. Focus in two principal collections is a natural history department dedicated to Chile's native fauna and flora; and an archaeological department offering a permanent display related to the indigenous peoples of Northern Chile, the Aconcagua region and the Mapuche in the south of the country. The museum also houses one of the most important collections in the world related to Easter Island, including the only genuine Moai statue in the whole of continental Chile, outside in the museum garden. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English.

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It is a nice not to big museum, very interesting and one of the places where it is worthwhile to go!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Hechingen, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a nice not to big museum, very interesting and one of the places where it is worthwhile to go!

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great English language tour of this small but impressive museum. If you didn't know anything about the inhabitants of Easter Island before you will after visiting this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so glad that the tourist information office in Vina Del Mar recommended this museum which covers the native peoples of Chile from the south to the north, including Easter Island. Going to this museum is probably the best way to experience the island without actually going there. One of the museum staff also gave me a guided tour... More 

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Thank Howard S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Loved to be able to learn about Easter Island since we weren´t able to go there. The guide gave us a decent tour, and since we got there late, she even took the time to tell us what we had missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Is a good place to visit. It is not a big museum with a large collection but it is interest. It's right next to a palace that you can see from outside and from a few steps Of a gothical cathedral. Es un buen lugar para visitar. No tiene una colección muy grande pero es interesante. Está justo a lado... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a very interesting museum with many historical artifacts from Easter Island. There is parking on the street just out front. When we arrived, the curator for the museum offered to give us a free tour. It was wonderful. She explained so many things that were not on the written descriptions. I would recommend asking if there is a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Just to clarify there are 79 Moais outside Easter Island and even one in the British Museum in London, not just six as mentioned by a former reviewer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

This museum is open on Mondays which is highly unusual. We had a free English speaking guide take us around and she was excellent. It is small but full of interesting native items - especially from Easter Island. One of my favorite things in the Vina/Valpo area. And, you can't miss the Easter Island Moai outside - one of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Having been to Rapa Nui last year, I was interested to see what other artifacts this museum had besides the Moai in front. It does have a pretty good collection that describes the history and culture of this mysterious place. It also has some pre-Columbian artifacts as well as specimens of indigenous insects, birds and animals from Chile and nearby... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The museum features old fashioned collections of insects under glass and native artifacts. It is worth a visit to see the only Moai in Chile that is not on Easter island.

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