Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny


Adjacent to the Palacio Portales is the city's old-fashioned, neglected and low-key natural history museum. With its creaky wooden floors and array of stuffed birds and mammals, this is a good way to kill half an hour while waiting for your Palacio Portales tour to begin. You can also take a look at the small geological collection.

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