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Natural History Museum of Valparaiso

Exhibits anthropological and natural science collections. It contains a specialized reference library and organizes temporary exhibitions on its premises. It occupies the ancient Lyon PAlace, an architectural "jewel" in Valparaiso, which was reputedly built in 1881.
Address: Condell 1546
Telephone: (32) 257-441
Opening hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m.; Sundays and holidays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Entrance fee: adults 600 pesos (less than one dollar), children and the elderly 300 pesos. Free admission on Wednesdays and Sundays

Municipal Fine Arts Museum

Its halls contain works by renowned artists such as the Frenchmen Rousseau and Boudin, the Dutchman Jengkine and the Chileans Valenzuela Puelma, Camilo Mori, Pachecho Altamirano, Juan Francisco Gonzalez, Pedro Lira and Cosme San Martin.
Address: Paseo Yugoslavo 166, Valparaiso
Telephone: (32) 252-332

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Lord Cochrane Maritime Museum

Its premises are considered to be a Historical Monument. It is, in fact, an old colonial mansion built in 1842 by the Englishman John Muat, who built Chile's first observatory. The museum exhibits naval items and rotating displays.
Address: Merlet 195, Cerro Cordillera
Telephone: (32) 939-485
Opening hours: arrange visits at (32) 939-486

Valparaiso Municipal Art Gallery


During the whole year it offers interesting exhibitions. It is located in the underground section of the Lyon Palace, which in itself is an architectural attraction due to the beauty of its vaulting and its stone and brick walls.
Address: Condell 1550
Telephone: (32) 220-062 / 251-071
Opening hours: from Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Entrance: free

La Sebastiana House Museum

This was the home of Chilean bard Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Nobel Prize for literature in 1971, who used to spend New Year enjoying the view of Valparaiso and mixing cocktails for his friends.
The home originally belonged to the Spaniard Sebastian Collado. On his death, his heirs abandoned the building, which was saved from oblivion by the poet, who refurbished it and occupied it in 1961.
Since 1992 the house functions as a museum, distilling the essence of Pablo Neruda.
Address: Ferrari 692 (Avenida Alemana at 6900)
Telephone: (32) 256-606
Opening hours: from Tuesdays through Sundays from 10.30a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In January and February this timetable extends to 6.50 p.m.
Entrance fee: adults 1800 pesos, university students and pensioners 900 pesos (from Tuesday through Friday). Free to ages under 10.

Naval and Maritime Museum

It possesses important relics that tell about the history of the Chilean Navy from 1818 to 1880. The seat of the Museum was the Chilean Navy School until 1967, when the last Naval ceremony took place there.
Address: Paseo 21 de Mayo
Telephone: (32) 437-651
Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Entrance fee: adults 500 pesos, children and pensioners 200 pesos

Mirador de Lukas House Museum

A cultural center which holds chats, exhibitions and cinema cycles all year round. It contains a painting restoration laboratory.
This "house museum" commemorates Renzo Pecchenino ("Lukas"), a journalist, cartoonist and publicist who reflected the idiosyncrasy of the inhabitants of Valparaiso in his drawings.
Address: Paseo Gervasoni 448, Mt Concepcion
Telephone: (032) 221-344
Opening hours: from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3.30 to 6 p.m.
Entrance fee: 500 pesos



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