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The Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts (Spanish: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes or MNBA), located in Santiago, Chile, is one of the major centers for Chilean art and for broader South American art. Established in 1880 (making it the oldest in South America), the organization is managed by the "Artistic Union" (Unión Artística).
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:45 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 6:45 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 6:45 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 6:45 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:45 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:45 PM|
For both museums (contemporary art and Belles Artes): Not good, given they are a national museum. -> No explanations in English. No audio guides. No map of the museum and its exhibits. You can wander around for free, but don’t expect to understand much of what you see. The best part about the museum is the cafe in the north-western part of the contemporary art museum.
Beautiful but you feel lost without a guide. Not much self oriented.
Entrance is free, but donations are appreciated. Note that this museum and most others in Chile are closed on Mondays. I personally enjoyed the building and its architecture more than the art, but both are worth a visit during a visit to Santiago.
We were so excited to go to this museum as the building itself is stunning. Imagine our disappointment when the “art” was displays of belly buttons and people brushing their teeth. Our expectations were much higher for a “national museum”. Please note entrance to the museum is free.
It's free, which is great! A good place to stop by quickly with some quirky exhibits but limited selection and OK art.