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Centro Cultural Braun-Menendez

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Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: Calle Magallanes 949, Punta Arenas, Chile

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This is a great small museum that displays the house itself on the one hand, and the history of the original inhabitants and town on the other, the creation and production of Noruega, Braun and Menendez, and the Sheep Empire. The house was built by this clan, which combined the three richest families in the area through intermarriage. The house was built with European materials, so a huge sum of money must be paid for it. The house is not that big. It is in a good state of restoration, with a beautiful stained glass ceiling and some luxuriously decorated rooms. Part of the cellar or servant area is also open. The other part gives a good overview of the establishment of Punta Arenas, a colony of prisoners. It also provides a good overview on the touch screen of the 5 tribes who originally lived in the area and nearby Tuera de Fuego. On display are some artifacts left by these tribes, which were on the Chilean side (and almost completely wiped out on the Argentine side). There is currently a beautiful garden and they are renovating part of the exterior of the mansion.