The church of San Francisco is the oldest dated construction of Santiago (1618) and was built by natives led by friars. The adjacent convent, on whose first floor the museum is located, was inaugurated in 1623. The architectural ensemble was declared a National Monument in 1951.
The opening of the Museum of Colonial Art San Francisco - 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 more into 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 accumulated 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, 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 the Almacruz Hotel Convention Center.