Centro Cultural del Bicentenario
Museo de Ciencias Antropológicas y Naturales
An excellent collection founded by two French archaeologist brothers, it is by far the most interesting thing to see in town. There’s a...
Named for the city’s founder and 10 blocks from Plaza Libertad, this enormous eucalypt- and casuarina-filled area has a small zoo ,...
La Casa del Folclorista
On the way to the riverfront, this is a big barn of a peña that has live folk bands at weekends and cheap food. The music tends to kick...
Set back from the plaza, this is a discreet and reliable restaurant with well-dressed waiters who see to your every need. There’s a fine...
Lonely Planet review
This excellent cultural center on the plaza has given Santiago a real boost. It’s an airy, modern space housing three museums, all imaginatively displayed; the highlight is the anthropological collection , with a stunning array of indigenous ceramics – mostly funerary urns used for secondary burial (remains were put in the pot after decomposition) – as well as jewelry, flutes and a large case filled with ornate loom weights. Fossils of mastodons and glyptodonts, an extinct family of creatures that somewhat resembled large armadillos, also impress.
The sparsely-labeled historical museum is attractively set around the patio of Santiago’s noblest building and touches on slavery, the strife of the 19th century, and the role of women. The top floor art gallery features good temporary exhibitions. All info is in Spanish. There’s a downstairs cafe that’s a popular meeting place.