Santiago Metropolitan Region, Central Chile
One of the major art galleries in Chile and South America is the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago also called the Museum of Fine Arts was established in 1880 making it the oldest museum in South America.
It was designed by the French-Chilean architect Emile Jecquier in a full-blown Beaux-arts style and is situated in the Parque Forestal of Santiago. Behind it is located the Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) of the University of Chile, in which is also located the old School of Fine Arts (Escuela de Bellas Artes).
The Museum of Fine Arts is in the Neoclassical Second Empire style and the Baroque Revival style, strongly reinforced with Art Nouveau details and touches of metallic structural architecture. Jequier Emile was inspired by the main facade of the Petit Palais in Paris.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Tour Hours and Information
Address: Parque Forestal s/n. Casilla 3209, Santiago
(Metro stop: Bellas Artes, Line 5)
– Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 am to 6:50 pm
– General admission – Adults $600 CLP / $1.25 USD
– General admission – Students and Senior Citizens $300 CLP (ID’s required) / / $ .75 USD
– General admission – Accredited art students and Children up to 8 years – FREE Admission
* CLOSED on Mondays
– Tuesday to Friday – 10:00am to 5:30pm
Museum closed on the following days:
– January 1st
– April 6
– May 1st
– September 18 & 19
– November 1st
– December 25
*Facilities include a souvenir shop and cafeteria (no smoking allowed)
*Please visit their website for the most up to date information