With the purpose of keeping its history alive, the Punta Arenas' Museum of Memory displays objects from the days of the pioneers.
Ancient carriages rest at the Instituto de la Patagonia lawn. They belong to the Museum of Memory, an institution that owns a collection of objects, machinery and tools dating back from the origins of the population of the region.
The museum, which depends on the institute, was created in 1969 with the purpose of displaying and communicating the process of development of the area and its lifestyle since 1880, the days of pioneer colonization, until 1950.
During its first years, the display contained about fifty pieces, including carts, carriages, locomotives and other mechanical means of transportation and labor, scattered about the lawn.
Afterwards, areas such as the Cattle Wing, the Ancient Garage, the Urban Pioneer House, the Sea Wing, the Garage, the Rural Pioneer House (the patrons' and the peasants') and the Joseph Baeriswyl Wing, which enlarged and enrichened the museum, were added gradually.
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Timetables: Mondays thru Fridays, from 8:30am to 11:30am and from 2:30am to 6:30pm; Saturdays, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
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