A poignant nod to Chile’s dark past, Santiago’s Museum of Memory and Human Rights serves both as a stark reminder of the atrocities committed during General Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship and a moving memorial to the many that lost their lives.
Inaugurated in 2010, the museum details the harrowing truths behind Pinochet's coup and subsequent rule from 1973 to 1990, and the no-holds-barred accounts of events offers an important insight for those looking to learn more. Chilling stories of human rights abuses, a display of torture devices and video footage of political rallies, speeches and protests, are followed by a candlelight memorial and hundreds of photographs of the victims or ‘disappeared’.
The Museum of Memory and Human Rights is located on Matucana in central Santiago, 3km west of the Plaza de Armas. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm and admission is free.