During the 1970s, Sergio Larraín García-Moreno is becoming aware of the importance that his collection has acquired and the urgency of worrying about its complete and permanent maintenance, with an institutional shelter beyond contingencies. Then, he starts conversations with university and state entities with the intention of making a donation so that the collection is exhibited, preserved and increased. After some attempts, he finds an enthusiastic response in the Mayor of Santiago, Patricio Mekis, who welcomes the idea and begins to work to find a property that shelters the institution.
At the same time, Sergio Larraín entrusts the lawyer Julio Philippi I. with a legal model that would serve to give birth to a stable institution, that would guard the objects, ensure their integrity and give them a destination under the guiding principles and principles. This is how the Larraín Echenique Family Foundation emerges, baptized as well as a way of stating that it was his heirs, and not the collector himself, who donated the collections to create and maintain a museum oriented to their care, study and dissemination. Thus, by means of an agreement between the Foundation and the Illustrious Municipality of Santiago, who contributes the building and the general administrative expenses, in December 1981 the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art opens its doors to the public.
The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is located just 10 minutes from Almacruz Hotel and Convention Center.