The church of San Francisco is the oldest dated building in Santiago (1618) and was built by indigenous people led by friars. The surrounding convent, on whose first floor the museum is located, was inaugurated in 1623. The architectural complex was declared a National Monument in 1951.
The opening of the San Francisco Colonial Art Museum - located in the main artery of the country - can be considered a fruit of the Second Vatican Council, which urged the religious - among many others - to enter into more contact and dialogue with civil society, knocking down walls, which in this case was literal.
Liturgical objects, paintings and sculptures created for catechesis and evangelization in the period of the Colony were accumulating inside the walls of the oldest Franciscan convent in Chile. With the passage of time, they became valuable pieces of art and history that gave rise to the San Francisco Colonial Art Museum.
The Museum of Colonial Art San Francisco offers the possibility of touring its dependencies independently or, well, if you wish and schedule in advance, with guide service, at established times.
The San Francisco Colonial Art Museum, located inside the historic San Francisco Church is located just 3 minutes from Almacruz Hotel Convention Center.