Punta Arenas’ Attractions
This colorful Magellan city invites you to enchant yourself with its various museums, gardens and beautiful views, as well as to enjoy the delicacies of the sea. Discover the treasures and charms of the southern Patagonia Capital.
In a list compiled by the international channel CNN, Punta Arenas´ cemetery is consider in between the 10 most beautiful cemeteries of the world.
The Cemetery of Punta Arenas, officially Municipal Cemetery Sara Braun, is located at Avenida Bulnes, been declared as National Monument by the decree 499, in the Category of Historical Monument on November 26, 2012.
With its mauseleums and its park, the cemetery of Punta Arenas is one of the places most visited for the people who wants to know about the history of the city.
The Strait´s Coastal Avenue
The Strait´s coastal avenue joins Punta Arenas by its coastline, allowing a walk or a bike ride enjoying nature. On the way you can find the remains of the old docks and boats that gave life to the city from its foundation in the nineteenth century, as also to appreciate the port activity with hundreds of vessels that sails around the world or head to the Antarctic continent.
Cerro de la Cruz Viewpoint
From its summit an excelent panoramic view of the city is offer, with its colorful roofs and streets heading down to the Strait of Magellan. On the horizon the ships that navigates through the southern seas, the island of Tierra del Fuego, Mount Sarmiento and the southern zone of the Brunswick peninsula can be sighted.
The new market of Punta Arenas is where the flavors and smells of the sea are gathered. Here is possible to buy fresh products like fish and seafood, and taste the delicious menus of the Chilean cuisine. At the market it’s also possible to find typical handicrafts of the area.
Nao Victoria Museum
The Nao Victoria Museum is where replicas of important boat of the Magellan’s history, such as the Nao Victoria, James Caird and the Goleta Ancud can be found.
It is located at the shore of the Strait 7.5 km north of Punta Arenas. It has been open to the public since the 1st of October 2011. This is a private museum, receiving his manager the Bicentennial Medal by the President of Chile for his work in promoting national identity, occurring this during the celebrations of the Bicentennial Chilean Independence. The City hall of Punta Arenas has declared this museum as one of the most important tourism location of the city.
The main collection of the museum, are the real size replicas of this historic vessels, displayed along the Strait of Magellan, it also keeps replica weapons and old navigation tools, copies of historical documents and books related to the ancient vessels, apart from an open air carpentry workshop by the riverside.
Salesian Museum Maggiorino Borgatello
The Salesian priest Maggiorino Borgatello was one of the greatest missionaries among Tierra del Fuego natives. Born in 1857, Varengo, Italy, he was order priest in 1880, asking to be sent to the missions in Patagonia. He became part ot the 14th Salesian missionary expedition, lead by Monsignor José Fagnano. He was a man of a scientific and literary spirit.
Proof of this are the several history books that he wrote. Particularly interesting is his work Wild Flowers, which recounts the death of dozens of Aboriginal children. He served in the “San Rafael Mission” at Dawson Island and at “La Candelaria” mission in Tierra del fuego. It was during this period when he collected all kinds of objects that had a bond with the natives of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, preserving them for posterity.
Founded in 1893, the Salesian Museum Maggiorino Borgatello is considered one of the best in the city of Punta Arenas. There visitors can find a beautiful collection of artifacts and tools of the ancient aboriginal civilizations that inhabited the Chilean Patagonia, fossils, dissected animals, and samples of flora and fauna in between other findings gathered during the years of the museum. It is not allowed to take pictures.
Traveling through the different buildings located on the property of the Instituto de la Patagonia or “Patagonian Institute”, in front of the University of Magallanes to which it belongs, it’s possible to travel back into the settlers´ time, which came in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, searching for a better future.
Its rooms, with all the utensils, furniture and objects of the time, a barn, a bakery and a typical estancia grocery, as well as a watchmaker workshop, a garage with antique cars, and even a telegraph room, a dentist's office and a machinery room, are possible to appreciate in these halls. The entire museum is set to reflect the social, productive and cultural history of this city, made by immigrant pioneers who made their fortune in the region, thanks to their effort, creativity and entrepreneurships.
Magallanes Regional Museum
The Museum is housed in the Braun Menendez family palace. Inside of it, you can visit the collections of furniture and objects of Magellan´s golden age, having a historic exhibition and temporary exhibitions.
The Museum's history goes back to 1969, when the Museum of Patagonia was created, thanks to the visionary administration of the National Director of the Dibam, Roque Esteban Scarpa, academic and writer of Punta Arenas, who received the National Literature Award in 1980. In its genesis, the Museum gathered important archaeological and natural science collections. Later, when the Braun Menendez Palace was donated to the Dibam, it was decided to move the collection of the Patagonian Museum into the Brauns´ palace, renamed as Magallanes Regional Museum.
This historic place was built in 1899 by order of the well-known businessman José Menendez. It has been restored to its former glory by the City Hall of Punta Arenas, including the boxes and balconies. This was possible thanks to the resources of the National Fund for Regional Development, with an investment of $ 3,360 million for the structure and another $ 300 million for the acquisition of modern lighting and sound systems. A variety of domestic, regional and foreign musical shows are offers in this theater for both, residents and visitors of the area.