P. Le Paige museum, San Pedro de Atacama

5 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • San Pedro museum's main hall
    San Pedro museum's main hall
    by Glospi
  • P. Le Paige museum
    by lica_bio
  • P. Le Paige museum
    by lica_bio
  • lica_bio's Profile Photo

    Archeological Museum

    by lica_bio Written Aug 28, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    The famous “mummies” (actually they are very well preserved bodies) were removed from the Museum´s exhibition in May 2007, due to a demand from the Lickanantay (local natives) community. This demand is related to the New Treaty of Historical Truth which was established by the Chilean Government and Native Chileans representatives.
    But even without the mummies the museum is worth a visit. It has about 1000 pieces in exhibition. The collection shows the development of the Lickanantay culture in the area, from the arrival of the first men about 12000 years ago to the arrival of the Spanish Empire. They also have a new guided tour service that is really good.

    Just a few more useful informations:

    Archeological Museum Gustavo Le Paige
    380 Gustavo Le Paige Street. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    Hours
    From Monday to Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
    Weekends and Holidays: 10 am – 6 pm

    Fees
    Entrance fee
    Adult: 2,500 Chilean pesos
    Elderly: 1,000 Chilean pesos
    Student: 1,000 Chilean pesos
    Children through 6 years old: free of charge
    Guided Tour Fee
    Adult: 1,800 Chilean pesos
    Student: 1,000 Chilean pesos
    Children through 6 years old: free of charge

    Guided Tour Service
    Regular tour: from Tuesday to Sunday (in English, French and Spanish).
    Private tours: every day (in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German). Booking is required.
    For more information: reservasguiadas.iiam@gmail.com

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • patricia28's Profile Photo

    Museum

    by patricia28 Updated May 16, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Priest Gustavo Le Paige, of Belgian origin, was the founder of this museum, who in 1955 establishes himself in San Pedro de Atacama and there it was when he began his interest for the study of the past.
    The Father Le Paige began to cross the places inhabited by the "Atameños" , where little by little he began to gather archaeological material of incalculable value that today is showed in the museum of San Pedro de Atacama since the year 1957.
    The museum is a place that it is necessary to visit because you will find the whole history of the village across of the mummies and the articles that the aborigens were using.
    This museum possesses a collection of approximately 380.000 pieces.
    Open Monday to Friday since 9:00 to 12:00 and of 14:00 to 18:00.
    Weekends: 10:00 a 12:00 y 14:00 a 18:00.
    The entrance costs 3-4 dollars aprox.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • A 3000-year old beauty queen

    by Glospi Updated Jul 14, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The earliest Miss Chile

    The highlight of the San Pedro archaeological museum is the aymara mummy nicknamed Miss Chile after her very beautiful -when alive- physical features.
    This mummy was found by P. Le Paige near San Pedro in 1967, and her estimated age is about 2800 to 3100 years (this is, 800 to 1100 B.C.); she's believed to have been about 16 to 19 years old at her date of death .
    Some controversy arose about this mummy some years ago, since some aymara locals complained officially that their ancestors couldn't be exhibited to the public, forcing the hiding of the mummy in a warehouse for a while and leaving her crystal enclosure empty. This was later settled, but nothing guarantees that the remains wouldn't be hidden again.

    Photo taken in September 1990. Praktica Super TL3, Zeiss Flektogon 35 mm., f. 11, 1/2 sec., Kodak Ektachrome 64 slide film

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • San Pedro's archaeological museum

    by Glospi Updated Jul 14, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    San Pedro museum's main hall

    Back in the early 70’s, Belgian priest Gustave Le Paige –commissioned in San Pedro by his congregation, and dead in 1980- began to excavate and explore the many archaeological sites in the area, gathering a large collection of pottery, woven items, artefacts and, of course, mummies.
    He wasn’t a professional archaeologist (oh yes, he was the great pretender...), so he was widely criticised by the professional ones who argued that, in his relative ignorance, he destroyed rather than studied the sites, and even compared him with the huaqueros (tomb raiders), although his intention was not that of those.
    Despite all this, a museum was built for his collection by the Universidad del Norte, and his work is quite respected among the local people.
    Visiting the museum is a good chance to see good reconstructions of ancient tombs and sites, as well as ancient textile exhibitions and mummies (see the next recommendation).
    Photography is allowed, but without using flash or artificial lights.
    Entry fee is $ 1500 (US$ 2,5).

    Photo taken in September 1990. Praktica Super TL3, Zeiss Flektogon 35 mm., f.5,6, 1/8 sec., Kodak Ektachrome 64 slide film

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

  • Museo Gustavo Le Paige

    by wrjones Written Jan 5, 2004

    If you appreciate archeology, you should give this small museum an hour or so of your time. It cost 1000 pesos admission (Dec '04). Some good exhibits including mummies. In a town that really has little to see, this is a bright spot.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology
    • Desert

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: San Pedro de Atacama

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

105 travelers online now

Comments

View all San Pedro de Atacama hotels