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Villarrica鈥檚 Museums - Museum Villarrica - Chile

Museo Arqueol贸gico Municipal (Museo Mapuche) above the public library has several rooms with artifacts of the Mapuche and immigrant populations of Villarrica as well as an interesting collection of maps (Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30-6 p.m. Pedro de Valdivia 1050, Tel: 08-969-3663, E-mail: Entry: $0.40).


Museo de Leandro Penchulef, of the Pont铆fica Universidad Cat贸lica de Chile, has an impressive collection of Mapuche weavings, ceramics, woodcarving and silver jewelry. Founded with the cooperation of the indigenous community, their customs, culture and beliefs are explained in Spanish and Mapudungun. Also discussed is the history of intercultural relations (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:30-6 p.m. Calle Matta and Avenida O鈥橦iggins. Entry: Free).

Villarrica, Chile

Museum Types:
Anthropology, ethnography, Cultural, History

Travel Tips: Museo Arqueol贸gico Municipal conducts city tours in the summer. Museo de Leandro Penchulef offers guided tours of the museum in Spanish on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Visit Centro Cultural Mapuche 鈥 Wenteche Mapu to learn more about the Mapuche; hike up Mirador Canela; go fishing; relax on the beaches or take a boating excursion.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

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