Architectural, Cultural sights in Punta Arenas
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This opulent mansion houses a museum that testifies to the wealth and power of pioneer sheep farmers in the late 19th century. One of Mauricio Braun's sons donated the house to the state, against other family members' wishes. Divided into sections, one part is a regional historical display, while the other displays the family's original French nouveau furnishings and details, from intricate wooden inlay floors to Chinese vases.
Fans of Bruce Chatwin's famous travel memoir In Patagonia will want to check out Charley Milward's house, known as Castillo Milward (Milward's Castle). This is the house belonging to Chatwin's enigmatic relative who originally inspired the writer to journey to Patagonia. Explorer Ernest Shackleton also stayed here in 1914 while planning to rescue the crew of the Endurance, which was crushed by ice in Antarctica.