What are the best art galleries in Santiago?

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Gabriel O’Rorke

There are around 70 art galleries in Santiago. Here's are three of the best:

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
With over 3,000 pieces of artwork, this is one of South America's best fine art collections. Worth visiting for the neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture alone, the building was inaugurated in 1910 one hundred years after Chile gained independence.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Built at the turn of the 19th century as the Royal Customs House, this historic building is now home to the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art. Come here to see ceramics and textiles. 
(NB closed until September 2013)

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
Santiago's modern art museum has both permanent and temporary exhibitions, and houses a great collection of modern art (by both Chilean and international artists). It is also a great spot for seeing the work of young up-and-coming Chilean artists.

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