Museo de Colchagua
Few could imagine that behind its modest facade, typical of the Chilean colonial time, one can find such a comprehensive exhibit, ranging from fossilized trunks of million years ago, to an almost exact replica of the underground refuge of "San Jose" mine and the "Fenix" capsule that rescued the 33 trapped miners. According to the words of its founder Mr. Carlos Cardoen, "the display is the product of my interest in sharing with others the objects and the knowledge gained through my life on fascinating themes about our origins as human beings, as South American and Chileans". Another of the reasons that Carlos Cardoen admits to having had in mind for the creation of the Museum in 1995 "was the concern that causes me the lack of national identity of the majority of the Chileans". At the end of his introduction Mr. Cardoen adds: "It is necessary to criticize the past and current educational policies and realize that we need to give value to our roots and our national identity, and as I think that this is a task for all Chileans and not only the government in power, I decided to give this passion a collective guidance, sharing with you all my madness."
The original building that houses the museum was severely damaged with the earthquake of February 27, 2010, so it was closed for eight months, to perform various major repairs. More than 50% of its collections were harmed, resulting completely destroyed the display of pre-Columbian Art. The museum was reopened on October 2 of that year, with the presence of President Sebastian Pinera.
Collections of Museo de Colchagua
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Winter: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Summer: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 19:00 hrs.