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Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaíso - Museum Valparaíso - Chile

This small museum, located inside the imposing Palacio Lyon, is the second oldest in Chile, first established in 1878 by Don Eduardo de la Barra. Inside you’ll find a comprehensive—though somewhat disparate—history of the earth and its inhabitants, with the story of Pangea and tectonic plate activity next to a room full of meticulously categorized shells. The museum is great for kids with its dynamic, colorful, and clearly explained displays, though older visitors may feel a bit like they’ve returned to middle school science class. All displays are in Spanish.

Condell 1546, Casilla 3208
Valparaíso , Chile

Museum Types:
Science and nature, Anthropology, ethnography

Price Description: US$1.20

Relative price: Very cheap

Open Hours from:Tues-Fri: 10 (closed from 1-2 p.m.)

Open Hours to:Tues-Fri: 6 p.m.; Sat, Sun and holidays: 2 p.m.

Days Closed:Monday

Travel Skills: None

Contact Information:
Phone: (32) 257-441 or (32) 450-405
Fax: (32) 220-846
E-mail: mhnv(at)

Here are other activities in and around Valparaíso that may be of interest: La Sebastiana and Isla Negra.

By Lauren Yero
I am a recent liberal arts graduate who travels as a compulsion. I have lived in several regions of the US as well as briefly abroad in England and...
01 Aug 2008

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