This old cable-car station documents the extraordinary engineering and mining project that created modern Chilecito at the beginning of the 20th century. The simple, picturesque museum preserves photos, tools and documents, as well as communications equipment, including an early cellphone. You'll be shown (in Spanish) the museum, then you can examine the cable-car terminus itself, where ore carts now wait silently in line. It's best in late afternoon when sun bathes the rusted metal and snowy sierras.

With a car, you can investigate the second and third cable-car stations, too. Guided tours visit the ninth and final stop of La Mejicana, high in the sierra.

The museum is on the main road at the southern entrance to town, a block south of the bus terminal.