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South America and its artefact rich Museums

By Carlton Leisure - 28/01/2016


Museums are ideal places to know about history and culture of a particular region. And museums in South America are no exception. The museum beautifully showcases the history, culture and art of the regions concerned. Here we give a lowdown on top museums in South America.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has the largest collection of Argentine sculptures and paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum is also a good place to see European art ranging from the pre-Renaissance period to the present day. The guests would be able to see the notable pieces by Manet, Goya, El Greco, and Gauguin.

MALBA-Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires

MALBA museum is a privately owned museum that boasts a large collection of Latin American art anywhere. On arrival the guests can see temporary as well as permanent exhibitions from the artists like Antonio Berni, Pedro Figari, Frida Kahlo, Candido Portinari, Diego Rivera, and Antonio Siguí. The paintings at the museum explore social and national issues.

Museu de Arte Sacra, Salvador

The small yet impressive museum is a fine place to see Brazil's best collections of Catholic art. The curators of the museum have beautifully preserved reliquaries, processional crosses and crucifixes. The artefacts are beautifully showcased so that the visitors can find them without difficulty.

Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo

Pinacoteca do Estado is a museum that boasts of the best art collections in Brazil. The museum was renovated in 1997 and the roof and many interior walls were removed. The walls were replaced with a latticework of glass and open spaces, and connected by a series of catwalks. It's the perfect place for anyone wanting to see and understand Brazilian art.

Museo Arqueológico Padre Le Paige, San Pedro de Atacama

The small yet impressive museum attracts travellers with its vast reserve of indigenous artefacts. The mummies, which are popular draw cards for the museum, are no more on display due to ethical reasons. Still, the museum charms travellers with its vast offerings.

Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Situated in the capital of Colombia, Museo del Oro boasts of largest collection of its kind in the world with more than 20,000 pieces of gold. The museum beautifully depicts a visual history of Colombia and Latin America from the pre-Columbian era to the Spanish conquest. For a better understanding of the museum one should take a guided tour of the museum. While visiting the museum don’t forget to explore its gold room which is the major draw card.

Museo de la Nación, Lima

Lima the capital of Peru is home to some of the most stunning museums. One of the major museums in the city is the National Museum that traces the art and history of the earliest inhabitants of the Inca Empire. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order so that tourists don’t have to search for the artworks.