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“Quiet/cool place to escape the city”

Museo de Arte Colonial de San Francisco
Ranked #84 of 540 things to do in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: An exquisite religious art museum fills this former convent and contains one of South America's best collections of 17th century colonial art.
Reviewed 22 December 2015

It was a hot/ busy day in santiago, and the museum was a great place to escape from the city noise and to cool down. The rooms with walls filled with huge paintings are very cool! Some of the rooms smelt moldy and had a lot of flies.... Made this place even creepier : ) The photo is only allowed in the courtyard.

Thank maymp2015
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

In the beautiful cloister next to San Francisco Church is magnificent collection of colonial era art. The paintings are mainly from the Cuzco school - the main gallery has a series of 30+ large paintings of the life of St. Francis. One particularly stunning painting features a crucified Christ aloft on beautifully detailed wings. There are also sculptures, metalwork, woodwork and other items. The garden of the cloister is lovely as well, complete with peacocks! There are downloadable apps and audioguides that will guide you through the exhibits.

Also this is one of the few museums in Santiago that is open on Monday.

Thank Brooklynite718
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Reviewed 26 March 2015

After paying our $2 admission, we entered the courtyard to be tangled in sheets of plastic covering all of the flooring of the courtyard walk ways. There was scaffolding all over the place, so we had to walk around it. We could not find any rooms open: there were signs stating do not enter.

We finally found the chapel upstairs, which was exquisitely overdecorated. I then went back down to the cashier to complain that there was nothing open, but the chapel. She escorted us to the entrance to the museum, which earlier had been blocked by workers on a scaffold.

Once inside, the artwork is excellent. One review I had read elsewhere stated there were painting of indigenous gods, which I would have found fascinating, but we never did find them.

Photos are only allowed in the courtyard. There are a couple of vibrant parrots there.

1  Thank BudaBaB
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

It is a former monastery. It's now full of religious artefacts. But it was worth the 1000 pesos to look around. I especially liked the doors, the building, the peace and quiet and the 400 square metres or so of old paintings. The courtyard is very overgrown, but also peaceful. You have to lock your bag away at the office. And as others have said, it was open on a Monday.

1  Thank euromnlostatsea
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Reviewed 2 December 2014

The Museum still is a Franciscan Convent, so keep the silence and the ambiance of the Holiness place. But the heavy atmosphere is not friendly to the modern people, they prefer lights and noise. The places keep a artistic treasure with colonial paints preserved for the Franciscan Order. Also have the Gabriela Mistral, Nobel Prize, document, include the Nobel Prize Medals, and domestic papers. The enter price is very cheap, and the museum justify the visit

3  Thank berry1961_12
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