This museum is currently being knocked down.It´s supposed to be re-opening again later this year somewhere else in San Pedro. We saw it two years ago, it was worth a visit.
Don't put this on your "to do" list. It is closed. It says it is closed for renovations. That is Chilean for "closed and who knows when it will open again". Apparently, Santiago is a more important place to exhibit antiquities.
It has been closed for renovation/reconstruction or whatever, and stands out as a pathetic homage to the Jesuit padre, Fr. Le Paige, after whom it is named. With San Pedro de Atacama now being on the Global Tour and with revenue from tourism flushing in by the millions, it is hoped that this museum is once again opened to the... 更多
This museum s closed long term for renovations and the exhibits have been moved to Santiago. It's still on tnhe tour list though, which is downright dishonest.
Very small but full of interesting displays and history telling. The famous mummies are no longer displayed due to vocal protests from the natives, but still worth the visit. And it is air conditioned!!
Interesting although very brief review of archaeological history of the region, but the mummies have been moved and things did not seem too different from Peru / Bolivia. Did not address who the people were, where they went, daily lives etc. Avoid the bathrooms.
As you enter the museum, there is a 25 minute documentary that you can see on why did they remove the mummified bodies of the Atacamenan ancestors from the museum.. It is a good discussion of how the indigenous people felt... the museum then traces the origins of people in the valley all the way to 12000 BC and almost... 更多
The museum no longer displays the mommies which gave weight to the exhibit. The exhibit consists of artifacts, maps and descriptions of human settlements in the area. The most disappointing feature of this museum is the lack of cleanliness of the toilette facilities. It was very bad. It lacked privacy. The smell was unbearable.
The museum itself is quite interesting. But beware of the shop! Everything is absolutely overpriced. I bought a Copec map of the San Pedro Region for 7500 pesos and figured out later that these maps are sold for less than 3000 pesos. Another book I was considering goes in the shop for 21500 Pesos, which costs in the real world... 更多