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Museo Andino
San Bernardo and surrounding
Architecture,  Archeology, Civilization history,  Unusual places,  Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions
Archeology, Civilization history, 
Unusual places

In 2006, a museum was opened in the middle of the vineyard. It was named after the Andean Mountains, at the foot of which it was built. The 1,400-square-meter building was built by architects Jaime Burgos and Mariano Campos. The modern design is incredibly harmonious with the landscape of this area. So it has become part of the historical complex in the vicinity of San Bernardo. Its main collection consists of hundreds of rare items donated to the museum by its founders - the married couple of Ricardo Claro and María Luisa Vial.

The extensive collection includes more than 3000 valuable items. The study of these exhibits allows you to learn about the pre-Columbian past of the peoples of Chile: to understand the life and culture of different tribes that inhabited these lands hundreds and thousands of years ago.

The culture of the ancient city of Tiwanaku and the peoples of the Northern region of Arica is represented by two types of ceramics of the V-XVI centuries: plain and decorated with geometric patterns. In addition to ceramics, you can see fishing rafts with sticks found in burial graves. This indicates the exploitation of marine resources by the peoples of an ancient culture. The same finds were found in the places of settlement of the Chinchorro peoples. Hierarchies and various rites were also important for ancient tribes. For example, influential people used gold and silver vessels while ordinary people used ceramic and wooden ones. All these valuable exhibits can also be found in the halls of the museum. Clothes and hats played their role. The oldest are turbans made from camel hair and decorated with bones. Some of them date back to the 10th century BC.

The opposite of the peoples of the North was the culture of the ancient tribes of the Atacama Desert. Deprived of water resources, they paid more attention to agriculture and animal husbandry. Besides, these tribes were the first to use commodity exchange with other peoples. It led not only to the exchange of material values but also to various cultural traditions. The exchange between the tribes is indicated by monochrome black ceramics, which is unusual for the peoples of Chile. The collections of the Museo Andino can be described infinitely long and fascinatingly. However, it`s better to visit this amazing place and see everything with your own eyes.

Address: Camino Padre Hurtado 0695, Buin, Región Metropolitana

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