Just off the iconic Plaza de Armas, the main square, housed in the old customs building, is the Museum of Pre-Columbian art.
The museum has a solid collection of Latin American art and history and an extensive collection of ceramics and pottery. The building itself is a historic monument and testament to the colonial area with sunny interior patios and lovely arcades. To bring the museum to life, sign up for a free guided tour with a docent to see the best works, including an impressive collection of Mapuche "chemamulles," wooden statues thought to be guardians.
Bandera 361, corner Compañía de Jesús Phone: 56 (2) 2928 1500