The museum features 35 wax figures, from historical personalities such as Pedro de Valdivia and Bernardo O´Higgins to Chilean presidents, athletes and TV stars. The well-known Chilean poets and Nobel Prize winners for literature, Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, are, of course, also part of the collection. Additional figures will be added in the future. “In this cultural space, visitors can get to know personalities who have played a key role in Chile’s history and left a heritage,” said Joaquín Lavín, current mayor of Las Condes, the Santiago neighbourhood in which the museum is located.
The 600 square metre museum building, formerly the storeroom of the church of San Vicente Ferrer during colonial times, is located at the entrance to the popular tourist attraction “Centro Artesanal Pueblito Los Dominicos”, a centre for arts and handicrafts. The exhibition rooms are air-conditioned and maintain a temperature of no more than 22° C in order to keep the wax figures in perfect condition, which were modeled from clay and then finished with wax.
Want a photo next to a famous Chilean personality? No problem. Next to each of the figures, there is a place for the perfect photo op. Those who want to learn more about the personalities or test their knowledge will find several touch screens with a quiz on each of the wax figures at the end of the tour.
The opening hours of the wax museum are Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:30 am to 7 pm.
The entrance fee is $7,000 pesos (approx. $9-10 USD), and Tuesdays are free.
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