With its colorful houses tumbling down the hillside to the port and its historic center designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaiso is one of the most picturesque towns along Chile’s Pacific Coast. Here are your options for touring Valparaiso from Santiago.
Mirador Interactive Museum (Museo Interactivo Mirador)
Av. Punta Arenas 6711, La Granja, Santiago
The options for exploring Museo Interactivo Mirador seem endless: play a tune on the giant piano, make enormous bubbles in the Fluidos exhibit, wander through the science tunnel, or catch a show in the planetarium. Visitors looking for an even more hands-on experience can take a workshop, watch a demonstration, or just hang out at the outdoor playground. To save time at the entrance, book your ticket online in advance.
Things to Know Before You Go
Museo Interactivo Mirador is ideal for families with young children.
Relax and refuel at the on-site cafés and food trucks.
Visitors must register to guarantee access to temporary workshops, the 3D cinema, and the Earthquake House.
The museum is accessible to—and lends out—wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Located in Santiago’s La Granja commune, Museo Interactivo Mirador is close to some public transit routes. Take the metro’s green line to the Mirador station, then walk or take a taxi or bus to the museum, eight blocks away. If you’re driving, on-site parking is free.
When to Get There
The museum is typically open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 6:30pm. The ticket office closes at 5:30pm. During the winter holidays, the museum is also open on Monday. To make the most of your visit, arrive early and spend the day there. For fewer crowds, avoid going during school holidays.
For those traveling with children, Santiago has plenty more family-friendly attractions on offer. Marvel over replicas of famous artworks at Museo Artequin. Or, get outdoors: Cerro San Cristobal and Cerro Santa Lucia both promise sweeping views of the city, while Parque Bicentenario has playgrounds, free deck chairs, and even a flamingo-filled pond.
- Santiago General Cemetery (Cementerio General)
- Cousino Macul
- Cousiño Palace (Palacio Cousiño)
- Aquamundo Aquarium
- Barrio Italia
- Club Hipico
- Chilean National Library (Biblioteca Nacional de Chile)
- San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)
- La Moneda Palace (Palacio de la Moneda)
- Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)
- Barrio Lastarria
- Plaza de la Constitucion
- Ahumada Boulevard (Paseo Ahumada)
- Forestal Park (Parque Forestal)