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Salesian Museum

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Address: Avenida Presidente Manuel Bulnes 336, Punta Arenas 6212680, Chile
Phone Number: +56 61 222 1001
10:00 - 12:30
15:00 - 17:30
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A very interesting exhibition of the early Indians and their culture and the influence of the missionaries on their life and culture.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 June 2016
Cowra, Australia
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Cowra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

A very interesting exhibition of the early Indians and their culture and the influence of the missionaries on their life and culture.

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Slingerlands, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

This is a quirky museum, but there are lots of real gems. The birds may not all have been ideal specimens, but they served as a great intro the real thing. There is a fascinating history of diving, which started much earlier than we had ever thought. There is a model of the cave of the hands -- a bit... More 

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

I always love to see the needle work that has been done in the past. In this museum there is a mix of wild life, clothes people wore (some religious influence seen on some of the clothing), and the new, wind turbine technology. I do not recall if there is an elevator or not. There is a second floor with... More 

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Fritz Creek, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

This museum provides an eclectic mixture of exhibits. If you can't find something of interest here you are just not museum people. Well worth several hours.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Seems like a lot of history of the religious group that came to convert the heathens. But there is some real history there too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

overall we enjoyed the displays and information the museum offered, but the animal mounts are a poor representation of the species they were to portray. good information of the punta arena area.

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Des Plaines IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

I found this small museum a little uneven. The preserved animals were not in good condition and the older exhibits were not presented well. But the space on the upper floors devoted to the native cultures had some very interesting things and some haunting photographs, all well displayed. I was also very interested to find out about the photography pioneer... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Is quite interesting to know about the history of a city through their museums and this one has a lot to show to visitors.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Ok this place is not the National History Museum of London, but it is a quirky, old school museum that provided a couple of hours of entertainment. Well worth a visit for the the 2500 Peso charge.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

We were interested in learning more about the natural history of Patagonia and especially the indigenous people. I believe this mission has wonderful archives and many artifacts, but it isn't well curated, as the history of what happened here isn't told well and many of the displays are confusing, dusty and the taxidermy of the wildlife is pretty moth-eaten and... More 

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