Culture and Heritage

Visit to Pehuenche Museum

Located in the middle of Ralco’s main square, this modern museum holds pehuenche culture in their diverse manifestations since in here you will be able to learn about household utensils, jewelry, musical instruments , Pehuenches’ sculptures in human size, plants and even native trees. Apart from so a great part of muesum´s exhibition belongs to the own communities in the area, speaking about a “living exhibition” Museum also has a viewpoint from where you can get a panoramical view from the square and its surroundings.

  • Location: Villa Ralco s/n..
  • Phone: 432578728
  • Time: Opens every day except holidays from 09:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00.

Chillán Market

Get surprised with the gastronomical offer you can find in this place in which clearly the most remarkable food are Chillan’s long, spicy pork sausages. You can buy them to cook them yourself or try them at the food stands, which also offers casseroles, beef interiors and other farm dishes as well as seafood. Just in front, you will find the handicraft Market, one of the most varied in the country and which keeps authentic products.

  • Location: Located between Maipón, 5 de Abril, Isabel Riquelme, El Roble and Arturo Prat streets..
  • Phone: 422433364

Chillán’s Cathedral

Located in the main square, Chillan´s Cathedral (Historical Monument) is one of the main symbols in the city and main element in diverse post cards. Pay attention to the details, such as wooden sculptures from the artists Peter Horn and Ferdinand Stufleser, directly brought from Europe or the mural located in the front of the cathedral, a mosaic made by Alejandro Rubio Dalmati, a local artist and which represents essential stages in Jesuscrist´s life.

  • Location: Arauco s/n, Chillán..
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Siqueiros and Guerrero’s Murals

Two geniuses in Mexican muralism,  David Alfaro Siqueiros and Xavier Guerrero, lived in Chillán during the 1940’s and left two artistic pieces. Both declared historical monuments. Those are two frescos located inside República de México school which can be visited for free: “De México a Chile” with which Guerrero decorated the entrance hall and“Muerte al Invasor” from Siqueiros, located in the library and representing friendship between México and Chile.

  • Location: O’Higgins Av. 250, Chillán..
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  • Phone: 5422212012
  • Time: Opened in the morning from 10:00 to 12:30 and in the afternoon from 15:00 to 18:00

Historia de Concepción’s Mural

Historia de Concepción’s mural was one of the first painted in Concepción, as well as one of the first located in a public space. In 1942, Gregorio De la Fuente painted this mural showing connection between man, family and work. The main figure is Concepción and its Coat of Arms. A view from mapuche family and nature; warriors vigilant against invader. Cataclysms and their restart with industrial technological advance. Each character gets its own life, taking control over the astonishment of hundreds of restless looks, who try to provide a singular sense and interpretation to the captivating experiences reflected in the scene.

  • Location: Regional Governmental Building, A. On the corner of Prat and B. Arana, Concepción..

Pedro del Río Zañartu Museum

Baptized under the name of the remarkable Concepcion´s resident who donated it to the city together with an incredible set of objects collected during his trips around the world. From a Japanese doll to an Egyptian Mummy, as well as coins, books, paintings, armors, chinese ceramics, sacred art figures, mapuche jewelry, a canoe which belonged to southern cultures and a ritual costume from a Colombian tribe, as well as parts from the house and its Victorian furniture which is part of the crammed result as a collector.

  • Location: On the way to Biobío river mouth, Hualpén..
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  • Time: Opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00. – Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • Price: Entrance is free.


Piece from the Mexican artist Jorge González Camarera between 1964 and 1965. It has a surface of 240 squared meters. On the top of it you can read in Spanish the following sentence “There is no beauty like this beauty, América extended in its hells, in its stone hills and power, in its atavistic and eternal rivers”. In the center there is an original couple, a conqueror with a suit of armor and a native woman, intermingled in stripes, mining and agricultural resources and flags from all America, native faces, Mexican symbols and a naked woman representing Latin America. Everything immersed in a proportional game which captivates the audience with its color combination. Fused races represented in three overlapped faces.


  • Location: On the corner of Chacabuco and Paicaví, Concepción..
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  • Time: Opened from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00. Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00.
  • Price: Entrance is free.


This coal mine is  the only one with natural ventilation and it is open for public. Its visit imply an itinerary which will allow you to enter about 850 mts under the sea and where you will be able to experience the work performed by the miners as well as learning about their stories and adventures. This mine is considered unique since it shows mining based on foundations – typical in XIX century – which can be seen in the route called “Juan Fariña”.

  • Location: Sector El Morro, Lota..
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  • Time: Open from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:30.
  • Price: CL$7.500 General Admission

Sacred art museum

This museum is located behind the altar of Concepcion´s Cathedral in front of the main square. Like hidden from its magnificence, keeping thousands of secrets, Cathedral´s museum is inside it. Museum was opened for public in September 8, 1995. There is an exhibition from several elements such as priest clothing, chalices and missals summarizing Cathedral´s Story, the venetian custode covered in gold from about XVII century, the Christ carved in marble with silver inlays donated by Felipe II to the old cathedral destroyed during the earthquake in 1939, the walking stick or crozier with the image from the good shepherd, miter and humeral coat from Monsignor Manuel Sánchez, among others. Priests ornaments are attractive for visitors from which one of the most remarkable is the chasuble, a piece from the priests outfit, Spanish trend, embroidered in golden threads. You can also see portraits from different ecclesiastic characters (Monsignor Gilberto Fuenzalida, Monsignor Alfredo Silva Santiago, Monsignor Santos, among others), and an armchair used by Juan Pablo II, during his visit to the city in 1987.

  • Location: Caupolicán 441 - Concepción..
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  • Time: Opened from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 13:30 and 14:30 to 18:00. Saturday from 11:00 to 14:00.
  • Price: Entrance is free.


Built in the English shipyards Laird Birkenhead at Birkenhead in 1865, its name remembers inca Huáscar, Atahualpa’s brother heirs from inca throne. It had a remarkable participation during Pacific War, especially in Iquique and Angamos battles. This battleship is 67 m. long, 11 m. wide and has 4 m. from draught. It is the second oldest in the world after Warrior, kept in the british harbor Portsmouth whose first major was Lord Cochrane’s son. At this floating museum you can visit the cabins, engine room, cannons tower and deck.


  • Location: Base Naval, Talcahuano..
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  • Time: Opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 16:30.
  • Price: Adults: CL$1.000 - Kids: CL$500


Universidad de Concepción’s Casa del Arte or Art Gallery, it is a real worship to painting, impregnated from the feeling poured in several authors, it shelters emotions from those who visit it, it holds a valuable and numerous collection of Chilean paintings and painters. In terms of paintings, they belong to the authors from 13 generation, as well as pieces from remarkable classic Chilean painters, among others. It includes a base and two levels which hold permanent and itinerants exhibitions and a big hall in which walls is one of the most significant cultural pride in the city: Presencia de América Latina mural, piece from the Mexican artist Jorge González Camarena. Undoubtedly an unmissable activity for those who love art.

  • Location: On the corner of Chacabuco and Paicaví, Concepción..
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  • Time: Open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00. Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00.
  • Price: Entrance is free.


It is an open space for community in order to divulge, train and research in sciences, arts and technologies. In order to support this mission CICAT has three areas: Idea area, workshop area and Communication area.


  • Location: Parque Industrial, Coronel..
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  • Time: Opened from Tuesday to Friday from 12:00 to 18:30. – Weekends from 13:00 to 19:00.
  • Price: Adults: CL$2.500 - Kids: CL$2.000

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