Santiago

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

The name translating to the Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art is a rare art museum devoted to art and artefacts from around South and Central America.

Dedicated to Indigenous Art

The Museum was established in 1981 by Sergio Larrain Garcia-Moreno, an avid collector, who donated his collection to the city of Santiago.  Housed in the stately Palacio de la Real Aduana, a historic building from early 19th century, the collection boasts over 5000 pieces of rare and historic art works from Latin America spanning over 10,000 years and 100 people groups.

Permanent Collection of Art

The permanent collection of the museum covers a range of materials including textiles, ceramic, pottery, gold and other metals, stone, leather and more. The vast collection comprises two sections:

  • Chile before Chile features over 400 artefacts that explore the indigenous roots of the people and their artistic expressions.
  • Pre-Columbian Art is composed of geographic zones: Mesoamerica, Intermediate (Colombia and Ecuador), Caribbean, Amazonian, Central Andes and Southern Andes.

Highlights include fine jewellery of Aztecs, enameled cups of the Mayans, figurines, toys, masks, crafted by the Veracruz, Zapoteca and others.