Attractions

Top Choice Cemetery in Punta Arenas

Cementerio Municipal

Among South America’s most fascinating cemeteries, with both humble immigrant graves and flashy tombs, like that of wool baron José Menéndez, a scale replica of Rome’s Vittorio Emanuele monument, according to author…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo Regional de Magallanes

This opulent mansion testifies to the wealth and power of pioneer sheep farmers in the late 19th century. The well-maintained interior houses a regional historical museum (ask for booklets in English) and original e…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo Naval y Marítimo

A naval and maritime museum with historical exhibits that include a fine account of the Chilean mission that rescued Sir Ernest Shackleton’s crew from Antarctica. The most imaginative display is a replica ship compl…
Historic Building in Punta Arenas

Casa Braun-Menéndez

Facing the Plaza Muñoz Gamero’s north side is the Club de la Unión, which houses the former Palacio Sara Braun, now known as the Casa Braun-Menéndez.
Plaza in Punta Arenas

Plaza Muñoz Gamero

A central plaza of magnificent conifers surrounded by opulent mansions. Facing the plaza’s north side, Casa Braun-Menéndez houses the private Club de la Unión, which also uses the tavern downstairs (open to the publ…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo Río Seco

The pet project of the Caceres brothers, this funky homespun museum is a delightful detour for fans of natural history. Imaginative displays use fine naturalist drawings and painstakingly restored skeletons of seabi…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Instituto de la Patagonia

Pioneer days are made real again at the Patagonian Institute's Museo del Recuerdo, part of the Universidad de Magallanes. The library has historical maps and a series of historical and scientific publications. Any t…
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo del Recuerdo

On display are a collection of antique farm and industrial machinery, a typical pioneer house and shearing shed, and a wooden-wheeled shepherds’ trailer.
Museum in Punta Arenas

Museo Regional Salesiano

Especially influential in settling the region, the Salesian order collected outstanding ethnographic artifacts, but their museum touts their role as peacemakers between the Yaghan and Ona and settlers.
Church in Punta Arenas

Cathedral

West of Plaza Muñoz Gamero.