The Museo de Bellas Artes (José Miguel de La Barra s/n, tel. 02/6330655, www.mnba.cl ) is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m. weekdays except Monday, noon–4:30 p.m. weekends and holidays. Admission costs US$1; children pay half.
Built for the centennial of Chile’s independence and fashioned after Paris’s Petit Palais, Santiago ’s neoclassical fine-arts museum is the pride of Parque Forestal. Collections range from colonial and religious art to nearly contemporary figurative and abstract works by artists like the recently deceased Roberto Matta. It also has a sample of French, Italian, and Dutch painting, and prestigious special exhibits. While Bellas Artes is a traditional museum, its ambitious website is making the works of 2,000 Chilean artists accessible to world in a “museum without walls.”