- Type: Museums
NileGuide Expert Says:
Probably the best museum in all of Chile, for its thoughtful installations and displays, and the power of the exhibits it contains.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Wander around the space here for a few hours to get to know what nearly everyone you see on the street lived through in the 70s and 80s.
- The Museo de La Memoria y Derechos Humanos (The Museum of Memory and Human Rights), located just steps from the Quinta Normal Metro is a giant glassed-in structure that houses a very complete collection of news, video, archives and pictorial representations of items related to the 1973-1989 dictatorship in Chile.
The approach to the museum is stark, with human rights treaty excerpts on plaques along the right, and some powerful poetry (in Spanish) along the right. The entrance has dozens of plaques about all of the various recent truth commissions all over the world, followed by photographs of all of the many memorials all over Chile commemorating the dictatorship.
There are audio and audio-visual presentations, article clippings, photographs and letters and drawings by children affected by the dicattorship, throughout. There are some implements of torture on display, which are behind walls for viewers who do not wish to see them. The last exhibits are about the plebescite vote that ended the dictatorship in 1989, including some of the television commercials from that time.
The musem takes up two main floors with a changing exhibit and café on the third floor. Photography is not permitted.
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