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Regional Museum of Archaeology
Ranked #3 of 60 things to do in Iquique
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This museum is a gem. Very comprehensive and detailed. You can find a mommy as well as a newspaper archives from well over a hundred years. When I attended it, I was fortunate to be guided by the keeper of the newspaper archives and he was so knowledgeable on Chilean History of the area, he was a scholar....thank you for that.
This museum is free to the public and, when I left, the guard gave a free booklet called Iquique en 100 Palabras. This booklet is a recompilation of short stories entered in a writing competition by people from the region of all ages. I am still taking pleasure reading the creative writing of these locals....if these are the works of non professionals, no wonder this country has the longest running newspaper (El Mercurio de Valparaiso) in South America and two Nobel prize winners: Neruda and Mistral. Good writing is in their blood.

Thank Claudia J
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

A well done and well organized museum, tracing the region's history from pre-Inca, to nitrate, to contemporary eras. The collection is fantastic and was a really insightful look into the region for a visitor; I would highly recommend it. The museum exudes pride in its local history and it is evident in the care and the detail of each and every item exhibited. Suitable for kids and adults, you could stay from 30 minutes to over in hour if you really want to take in the history. Also, it's free!

Thank Diana T
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Simply one of the best small local museums I have experienced. Don't be put off by what seems a jumble at first, which I attribute to a lack of funding.The collections are absolutely unique, but I found particularly fascinating the pre-Inca textiles of a quality I hadn't seen, even at the Met in New York. As Michelin says, worth the trip. But other displays are also excellent. If you plan to visit the nitrate sites (Humberstone, Santa Laura) the exhibits here provide an excellent introduction. And while you're here, notice the building itself, a grand residence of the nitrate boom era. And, as others have noted, entrance is free.

Thank reprof
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Has quite an eclectic collection, ranging from 3000 BC to early 20th century gramaphones.
Entrance is entirely free.
Most of signage is in Spanish, but there is some English. Definitely helps if you have some Spanish knowledge, but many exhibits speak for themselves.

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

We were very impressed with the displays on both sides of the museum. I came away with a greater understanding of the very early history of this area of South America. Kudos to the city Father's and Mother's for having such an informative museum. .. and no fee to enter.

Thank Jnanayog
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