In my not so humble opinion, the best museum in Santiago de Chile is the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, home to an impressive array of cultural artifacts from Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Amazonia. I’m always surprised at how one country can find itself in permanent custody of vast collections of artifacts from other regions of the world.
Many of the clay figures and masks in the museum are several hundred years old. The pieces provide insight into the religious and social beliefs of the peoples of past times. I didn’t spend much time reading all the information about each piece, as I was mainly compelled by the aesthetic traits of the pieces.
I found the faces of many of the clay figures to be fascinating, and I went completely crazy snapping pictures. All of the pieces were housed in glass cases, which made taking pictures a little challenging. Also, I was using a simple point-and-shoot digital camera. However, the results were still satisfying to me.
The Museo de Arte Precolombino maintains an excellent website.