The varied exhibition is distributed into 4 levels which, in turn, are divided in sections, namely: ethnology, archeology, history and wildlife, to mention some of them. The objects and documents from the Salesian days, the handicrafts and tools made by the natives, along with the fossils and petrified animals from the area are also part of the display.
Legacy for the Future Generations
The Salesian order, which landed on Punta Arenas back in 1887, resolved to start digging the various cultural and social manifestations in the area so as to build a museum which would serve as legacy for the future generations. It would show the expressions and lifestyle of the native peoples, their environment and the colonization process.
Faithful to a meticulous task, the various rooms reflect the Ona, Tehuelche, Yámana and Alacalufe cultures, as well as the impact they suffered when the European colonists and pioneers arrived. At the same time, the museum has several areas devoted to the pioneers, including the times of the gold rush that marked the region in the late XIXth century.
As expected, the significant work done by this Catholic religious order is displayed in the South of America. The collection of Father Alberto De Agostini’s personal belongings stands out amongst the various testimonies. He was a photographer, an artist and a tireless explorer who became the first cartographer in Patagonia.
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