Open Museums and Historical Buildings in Santiago for Dia del Patrimonio, May 29th

Events, Things to Do — By Bearshapedsphere (Eileen Smith) on May 22, 2011 at 12:26 am

Photo by pviojo on Flickr.

Every year in May, neighborhoods across the city of Santiago as well as the various regions of Chile open buildings of historic interest for free entry by locals and visitors alike. The event is called the Dia del Patrimonio (Heritage Day), and this year it will be held on May 29th. Most visitors will probably choose one of several neighborhoods to visit, since distances can be long, and the wait to get into some buildings can be long.

The neighborhoods in downtown and close-in Santiago which have several buildings available for visits are the following:

Plaza Constitucion-Bolsa (downtown, start at Metro La Moneda
Plaza de Armas (downtown, start at Metro Plaza de Armas)
Tribunales de Justicia (downtown, start at Metro Plaza de Armas or Santa Ana)
Parque Forestal (east of downtown, start at Metro Bellas Artes)
Cerro Santa Lucia (east of downtown, start at Metro Santa Lucia)
Barrio 18/Republica (west of downtown, metro Los Heroes or Republica)
Yungay (northwest of downtown, metro Cumming)
Plaza Italia (east of downtown, metro Baquedano)
Quinta Normal (west of downtown, metro Quinta Normal)
Estacion Central (west of downtown, metro Estacion Central)
Providencia (east of downtown, metro Salvador through Pedro de Valdivia)

Other buildings and areas throughout the city will be open, see the event website for complete information. Simply click on the region for complete programming information for each region, separated by comuna or neighborhood/area. While many of the museums and other buildings may have extended benefits, such as guided tours, if you really want to take advantage of the event, you’ll have to arrive early, and plan your visits to go to places that are ordinarily more than you’d like to spend, or rarely open to the public, such as the storied Club La Union, a men-only private club, or the Bolsa de Comercio (stock exchange), which is not normally open to visits.

Regardless of whether you go to one or ten buildings, you’re sure to see tons of Santiaguinos out doing the same. Get a head start by checking out some of the museums with free admission in the coming week in celebration of International Museum day. More information here.

Tags: Chile, Dia del Patrimonio, free museum, museum, Santiago

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