After the summer high season ends with the migration of tourists and fauna, Punta Arenaâ€™s various museums are still open. Covering a wide array of topics, some are considered Chileâ€™s best in their class.
Museo Regional de Magallanes â€” Also known as Museo Regional Braun-MenÃ©ndez, housed in the familyâ€™s former mansion designed by French architect Antonie Beaulier, this museum displays the social, cultural, economic and political facets of early 20th-century Patagonian life (Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and holidays 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Magallanes 940, Tel.: 24-4216. Entry: $2).
Museo Regional Salesiano Maggiorino Borgatello â€” Everything you ever wanted to know about the natural history, indigenous cultures and Salesian missionary work in the Southern Patagonia (Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3-5:30 p.m. Avenida Bulnes 336, Tel.: 22-1001, Fax: 24-5816, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, URL: www.museomaggiorinoborgatello.cl. Entry: adults $4, children $1).
Museo del Recuerdo â€” A mini historical town displaying machines, carts and other implements from pioneer days, plus a botanical garden (Monday-Friday 8-11 a.m., 2-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Avenida Bulnes 01890, Tel.: 20-7051. Entry: $2).
Museo Militar Austral â€” The military history of the region, from Fuerte Bulnes to the cityâ€™s founding (daily 9 a.m.-noon, 3-6 p.m. Regimiento Pudeto, Zenteno s/n. Entry: Free).
CervecerÃa Austral â€” All about making beer at one of the worldâ€™s southern-most breweries (Open high season only. Patagonia 508).
Museo Naval y MarÃtimoâ€”Almost 500 years of history of navigating the Straits of Magellan to Antarctica (P. Montt 981, Tel.: 20-5479. Entry: $2).
GalerÃa Casa Azulâ€”Temporary exhibits by students of the Escuela Municipal de Arte; occasional dance and music performances (Monday-Friday 9 .am.-1 p.m., 2:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Avenida ColÃ³n 1027, Tel.: 20-0674, E-mail: email@example.com, URL: www.casaazuldelarte.cl).
Punta Arenas, Chile
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