Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago is a splendid destination that boasts fine art from the colonial times to the present day.

Art from Chile and Abroad

The Museum, known locally as Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, was the brainchild of famed sculptor Jose Miguel Blanco. The Museum was established in 1880 with a modest collection of 140 paintings of foreign and Chilean artists like Robert Matta. Today, the collection of over 5000 exquisite masterpieces that spans art from Chile and around the globe.

Fascinating Collection

The Museum is housed in a magnificent neo-classical palace of sorts, which in itself is an architectural beauty, within the scenic Parque Forestal. The permanent collection is largely housed in a glass-roofed main hall that transforms the exhibitions in a glorious play of light.

Prominent sections of the Permanent Collection includes Chilean Paintings, Chilean Sculpture, Prints, Photography, Spanish Collection, African Sculpture  and Italian Paintings from the 15th and 16th century.

The Museum of Fine Arts is best described as a visual and cultural treat for visitors.

Handy Tips:

  • Admission is free on Sundays for all visitors.