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Corporacion Museo de Arqueologia e Historia Francisco Fonck

Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar 2520763, Chile
+56 32 268 6753
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Originally the home of the wealthy Délano family in the early 20th century, this impressive building was acquired by the local Municipal Authorities in 1985, and converted into a museum. Focus in two principal collections is a natural history department dedicated to Chile's native fauna and flora; and an archaeological department offering a permanent display related to the indigenous peoples of Northern Chile, the Aconcagua region and the Mapuche in the south of the country. The museum also houses one of the most important collections in the world related to Easter Island, including the only genuine Moai statue in the whole of continental Chile, outside in the museum garden. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English.
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Cuatro Norte 784, Vina del Mar 2520763, Chile
+56 32 268 6753

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Now this is a marvel of a museum. Beautifully displayed archaeological finds from Easter Island, Mapuche silverwork and Moche ceramics. Upstairs are examples of taxidermy and an explanation of how head shrinking works (with examples). All these treasures are housed in this building thanks to...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Fonk Museum has the perfect dose of information for those who are looking for some local knowledge about Easter Island and other Chilean territories. 2nd floor has a super fauna exhibition.

Thank jennifermico
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This museum offers interesting and detailed information about several native groups. If you read Spanish, you can get quite a lot of information; if you read English you get a good amount. One exhibit is of the mummified remains of a young woman including the...More

Thank Carrie C
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The relics from Easter Island occupy about half the ground floor. There are explanations in both Spanish and English. Also on the ground floor are items related to early inhabitants of Chile. You can take photos but without flash. The second floor is given over...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a small but impressive museum dedicated to then history and some artefacts of Easter Island. Outside is a genuine Moai statue

Thank croftonMelbourne
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We found this museum fascinating, with the exhibits explained wonderfully to us by the lovely Patricia. I'd recommend asking for a guide as the stories are so interesting.

Thank Jmp53
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We found this museum on Wikipedia. Sounded interesting so we went. It was worth the trip to be sure. Upon arrival we were greated by the longserving English speaking guide who offerred a free tour. She had been mentioned in the Wikipedia article. We took...More

Thank Grahamarb
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

It is a nice not to big museum, very interesting and one of the places where it is worthwhile to go!

Thank betzebo
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

I had a great English language tour of this small but impressive museum. If you didn't know anything about the inhabitants of Easter Island before you will after visiting this place

Thank Nick G
Reviewed 6 November 2016

I am so glad that the tourist information office in Vina Del Mar recommended this museum which covers the native peoples of Chile from the south to the north, including Easter Island. Going to this museum is probably the best way to experience the island...More

Thank Howard S
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