Museo del Recuerdo
Run by the Instituto de la Patagonia, part of the Universidad de Magallanes, the Museo del Recuerdo is a mostly open-air facility displaying pioneer agricultural implements and industrial machinery, reconstructions of a traditional house and shearing shed, and a restored shepherd’s trailer house (hauled across the Patagonian plains on wooden wheels). In addition to a modest botanical garden, the institute has a library/bookshop with impressive cartographic exhibits.
Admission to the Museo del Recuerdo (Av. Bulnes 01890, tel. 061/207056) costs US$2 for adults, free for children. Hours are 8:30 a.m.–11 p.m. and 2:30–6 p.m. weekdays. From downtown Punta Arenas, taxi colectivos to the Zona Franca (duty-free zone) stop directly opposite the entrance.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition