Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania, Santiago

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Historic Site · Specialty Museum
Admire the architecture and the works of art at Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania. Both the plaza and the gallery underneath it were constructed as part of a nationwide program celebrating the 200th anniversary of Chilean independence. The former parking lot of the presidential palace was transformed into a wide plaza, and the multi-storey gallery was built to host some of the most important art exhibitions in Chile, as well as the National Film Archive and the Digital Library. The gallery showcases both classical and contemporary art from all over the world, with a full schedule of exhibits available online. If you want to take a guided tour, make an online reservation in advance. Make Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadania a part of your Santiago vacation plans using our Santiago trip planner.
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  • Above ground you have the presidential palace, an impressive building and surrounds. Includes regular changing of the guard activity if your timing right. At one end is a below ground cultural centre....  more »
  • I really wish that we had been able to get closer, but due to the protests in Santiago, they had the whole complex cordoned off.  more »
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  • Fantastic Cultural center that is surprisingly hidden as it’s underneath the massive open space plaza above. There’s 2 small stairwells at either end which lead down underneath to the 2 story underground mall like area where many booths are dedicated as mini museums and others are gift shops showcasing local artwork and goods. Really enjoyed the art exhibits as they were showcasing a lot of unique pieces and many of them by less well known local artists that are only possible to be seen in Chile. There’s even a small theater although I did not get to personally experience it due to time constraints. You don’t have to budget too much time here but since everything here is free, feel free to spend as little or as much time as you would like.
  • Fantastic Cultural center that is surprisingly hidden as it’s underneath the massive open space plaza above. There’s 2 small stairwells at either end which lead down underneath to the 2 story underground mall like area where many booths are dedicated as mini museums and others are gift shops showcasing local artwork and goods. Really enjoyed the art exhibits as they were showcasing a lot of unique pieces and many of them by less well known local artists that are only possible to be seen in Chile. There’s even a small theater although I did not get to personally experience it due to time constraints. You don’t have to budget too much time here but since everything here is free, feel free to spend as little or as much time as you would like.

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