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Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck

Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar 2520763, Chile
+56 32 268 6753
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Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century, this impressive building was acquired by the local Municipal Authorities in 1985, and converted into a museum. Focus in two principal collections is a natural history department dedicated to Chile's native fauna and flora; and an archaeological department offering a permanent display related to the indigenous peoples of Northern Chile, the Aconcagua region and the Mapuche in the south of the country. The museum also houses one of the most important collections in the world related to Easter Island, including the only genuine Moai statue in the whole of continental Chile, outside in the museum garden. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English.
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Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar 2520763, Chile
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museo Fonck has some great exhibits about the history of Chile, from cavemen to the Spanish Conquest. They also have an excellent exhibit on Rapanui. I especially liked being able to see a Moai Statue from Rapanui (Easter Island) in person. The museum exhibit...More

Thank Randy H
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Chile administers Easter Island. The Fonck Museum contains many artifacts from the rapa nui culture of the island. The guide provided a narrative of the history of the rapa nui and the importance of the artifacts. Outside the museum is one of the Easter Island...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

It's an interesting history and science museum. It focuses the Easter's Island Moais and the pre-colombian civilizations. It's not so big and the fee is cheap (2700 CLP).

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I confess I didn't actually get around the museum as we were on a day-bus-trip on a strict timetable, but what I do recommend is a stop at this Museum as it has an Easter Island statue - a Moai - it's it's garden near...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

went to see the piece from easter island, which is outside but after going in were met by a guide who gav a tour in English. very informative, and learned a lot about Chile its culture and its geology.

Thank Dennis J
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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

We visit the museum after the iconic photo outside with "Moai" and we enjoy the time there. Price 2,700 chilean pesos per adults. Photos without flash are allowed. Have a souvenir store.

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

We travelled here on the Metro from Valpariso (very easy service to use). The museum isn't large but very interesting. Our visit was enhanced by an English speaking guide. We were not aware that this service was available but the guide offered us a free...More

Thank annie427
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

The only one that was removed from Páscoas Island. In front of the entrance, To visit the museum you have to pay. I don´t thing so...

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

When you visit Vina del Mar in Chile the Fonck Museum is a must to do. Not a big museum, but so many fantastic exhibits on display. The big is one is on the outside, a real Moai Statue, if you do not go Easter...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

This is a small museum with a wonderful collection of exhibits about the indigenous and prehistoric peoples of S. America. It includes pieces from Peru as well. The silver jewelry is incredible, the exhibits are also in English if you can't read Spanish well, and...More

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