Although the world’s finest museums undoubtedly reside in Europe, Latin America does have its fair share of excellent exhibitions as well. From fine art forays to informative displays of indigenous history, let’s take a look at the best museums this vast continent has to offer.
Museo del Oro, Bogota, Colombia
As the greatest gold museum in the world – let alone Latin America – Bogota’s premier tourist attraction has a whopping 20,000 pieces on display. All the dazzling artifacts originate from pre-hispanic to colonial times, effectively telling the country’s history through its most precious metal. Be sure to visit the astonishing gold room which houses some 8,000 individual works.
Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, Mexico
The biggest and the best museum south of the border, this epic anthropology exhibition showcases an amazing collection of Aztec and Mayan artifacts. Its curators have spared no expense in putting together the display, with as many as 11 rooms each dedicated to archaeology and ethnology. Regularly rotating temporary exhibits can also be found throughout the massive complex.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile
Established way back in 1880, Santiago’s fine arts museum was the first of its kind on the continent and is still widely considered the best. Inspired by the Petit Palais in Paris, the edifice itself is a worthwhile attraction thanks to its unique blend of Beaux-arts, Baroque, and Art Nouveau style. On the backside of the building is the city’s premier contemporary art museum, perfect for art lovers who enjoy the modern stuff as well.