Valparaiso Tourist Attractions
Valparaíso, Chile's second largest city, is nestled between the sea and the coastal mountain range. The city center is lined with cobbled streets and some unique architecture.
Museo del Mar Lord Cochrane
This colonial style house was built in 1842 for Lord Thomas Cochrane, although he never lived here. It was used for a while as an astronomical observatory and is now a museum. On display are model ships and paintings. From the surrounding gardens there are fine views of the area.
Museo de Historia Natural
Housed in the upper level of the Palacio Lyon, the museum has fine displays on the pre-Hispanic cultures of the area, as well as marine related exhibits and some natural history specimens.
Naval and Maritime Museum
The Museo Naval y Marítimo deals with the War of the Pacific, with particular emphasis on the contributions of various war heroes, including Arturo Prat, Lord Cochrane, Admiral Manuel Blanco Encalada and others.
Galería Municipal de Arte
Located in the basement of the Palacio Lyon, the Galería Municipal de Arte features changing fine art exhibits.
La Sebastiana is a former residence of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. The house has been restored and is open to the public.
Palacio Baburizza (Museo de Bellas Artes)
This 1916 Art Nouveau house was formerly a private residence. It was obtained by the city in 1971 and turned into a fine arts museum.
The Palacio Lyon is an 1881 neoclassical mansion. It currently houses the Museo de Historia Natural and the Galería Municipal de Arte.
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