Museo Momias Chinchorro

Museo Momias Chinchorro, Arica: Address, Phone Number, Museo Momias Chinchorro Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo Momias Chinchorro
4.5
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
The 2nd part of the museo San Miguel de Azapa
Jan. 2020
This is the part of the museum that displays the tools used in mummification, as well as the mummies themselves and the clothes and attributes they wore. Most mummies did not come with expensive jewellery or clothes, but were common people and children. The tools and clothes are well displayed, as well as some parts of the mummies and mummies of small children en fetuses. The other mummies are in 1 large room and are seen through 1 window
Written 25 February 2020
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Carl B
Carlisle, MA196 contributions
Fascinating
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Here you can see the world’s oldest mummies including babies that were probably stillborn or miscarried. There are displays of clothing, tools, and other implements from prehistory up to the present. Signage unfortunately is only in Spanish. We drove there but we did see people coming in taxis. If you come out this way, don’t miss the butterfly sanctuary which is just a little further out Rita 27.
Written 17 January 2020
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Bruce B
Cortez, CO27 contributions
Fairly new museum
Sep. 2019
This is a well designed modern museum set in an oasis-like park. It covers the prehistory of northern Chile with special exhibits of the Chinchorro culture (8,000-6,000 BC). The dryness of the desert has preserved organic artifacts such as cloth, baskets, wood tools etc. and examples are displayed. All text is in Spanish. Worth the time if you are at all interested in prehistory. Caution-exhibits include human remains.
Written 16 September 2019
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SDHopper
Seattle, WA175 contributions
Interesting ans unique
Aug. 2019
It's a really interesting and unique museum. It's small so you can stop by on your way up the hill. They are friendly and have a sheet of information in English.
Written 1 September 2019
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Maia
8 contributions
Mummy museum
Mar. 2018
The museum contains the oldest mummies found on the local territory. The exhibits are well preserved and fascinating. The guides are qualified.
Written 15 February 2019
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Elisabeth M
Santiago, Chile17 contributions
Small museum
Feb. 2019 • Friends
Very small museum of the Chinchorro mummies.
If you plan to visit the Museum of Azapa (also from the University of Tarapaca) you can skip it.
Written 3 February 2019
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Bäbs
Buenos Aires, Argentina41 contributions
World's oldest mummies? Egypt? Think again: Chile
Oct. 2018 • Couples
The University of Taracapa curates the 7000+ year old Chinchorro mummies collection, the world's oldest conserved mummified bodies. A visit gives you several crash courses: On naturally preserved mummified bodies that were buried in the arid desert climate and turned into mummies; and the intentionally preserved bodies - the oldest, on Earth - where hunters and gatherers carefully removed the skin from soft tissue and bones to then reassemble the bodies with the help of dry grasses, sand in the body cavities, and rewrapping the human or replacement animal skin around the skeletons of the dearly departed, so that their mummification process would be unhindered and the so preserved ancestors could continue to participate at times in important events. The museum also teaches you about different techniques for such mummies (red, black, etc), and presents not only mummified bodies of infant and children, but of human fetuses. The Museum is the outskirts of the town of San Miguel de Azapa, a half hour drive from Arica. Definitely worth your visit! Open daily, check for high holiday hours.
Written 12 November 2018
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Janet B
Indio, CA52 contributions
Well curated, amazing weavings thousands of years old
Oct. 2018 • Family
Easy to get to by colectivo taxi, about 25 minutes. Beautifully curated. It followed the peoples of this coastal area for thousands of years. The "mummies" are the draw, but the exhibits, history, and anthropology are the reward. There are far more mummies in the Arica museum on Colon 10, but not so easy to see and photograph there. This museum also had embryo and premature baby mummies. The explanations are in Spanish, but there are computers in each hall of the museum at the entrance with English translations. . The mummies are in the second hall which is on your left, but no English assistance there. Buy your admission at the reception on your right to get into both. Lovely grounds. Allow extra time for your return. You will need to walk to the main highway and to your left a ways to the collectivo stop or you can flag down these yellow taxis. Usually they are abundant, but the day of our visit there was a religious festival up the road and all the taxis that passed were full. After 45 minutes we called our hotel to send a taxi, and then one not coming from the festival stopped and picked us up. Worth the excursion if you enjoy history and anthropology.
Written 10 October 2018
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Shawnino
Halifax, Canada172 contributions
Mummies of Spontaneously Aborted Foetuses
Dec. 2017 • Friends
We're not burying the lede here: that's what this place is. The Chinchorros had a hard go of it with life expectancy in the low 30s, largely due to lead poisoning and other hazards of living 7,000 years ago. The lead made carrying babies to term difficult, and the Chinchorro mummified the remains. They also mummified children and other people, and that's what's on display, a few dozen mummies behind glass, in the two key rooms of this museum.

The museum's layout leaves much to be desired as the halls and rooms are tight. Inside the rooms there are exhibits both along the walls and sometimes in the middle of the room; after we arriived a tour bus rolled up, and people were pretty packed in. The grounds are fairly spacious, so the buildings need to be expanded.

Young children may find the primary exhibit disturbing. The passageways and mummy rooms are quite dark as well.
Written 9 January 2018
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MisticoOutdoors
Iquique, Chile40 contributions
Interesting
Oct. 2017 • Business
Probably the most interesting museum of northern Atacama Desert. A must visit if you are in the area.
Written 15 November 2017
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