If you really want to learn about Chilean society and understand the way it is, you have to visit the Museum of Memory and Human Rights, it tells the story of one of the darkest times of Chilean history under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet who ruled the country between 1973 and 1990. The entry fee is free.he Museum of Memory and Human Rights seeks to draw attention to human rights violations committed by the Chilean state between 1973 and 1990. Its mission is to allow dignity for victims and their families, stimulate reflection and debate and to promote respect and tolerance in order that these events never happen again.
It is a Bicentennial project, inaugurated on January 2010, by then President Bachelet. Its purpose is to promote educational initiatives that enhance knowledge and consideration. Its location, on Matucana Street, is also part of an ongoing effort to promote the cultural circuit of Santiago’s West Side.
Through objects, documents and archives presented in different settings and formats, as well as an innovative sight and sound presentation, it is possible to learn part of this history: the military coup, the repression that took place in the following years, the resistance movement, exile, international solidarity, reparation policies.
The archives’ patrimony includes oral and written testimonies, legal documents, letters, tales, literary production, press clips, visual and radio material, feature films, historical material and documentary photos.
Its spaces for temporary exhibitions, its 8,000 square meter plaza, the auditorium and the public art pieces that are part of the architecture are intended to transform the Museum into a high profile cultural institution in Santiago.
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a dynamic and interactive space that rescues Chile’s recent history and recovers truth, which grows and reflects itself in a culture of respect for the dignity of individuals.
Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 – 18:00 hrs
Summer times (January 2nd to March 2nd)
10:00 y las 20:00 hrs.
Entry fee: Free
Metro: Quinta Normal, Line 5