Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica y del Espacio
Santiago’s former international and domestic airport, later used for private aviation, Aeropuerto Los Cerrillos closed definitively in early 2006, but one former hangar survives as the country air and space museum. It harbors a hodgepodge of historic planes such as DC-3s, and also covers Chile’s tiny role in space exploration—in 1971, Apollo 14 carried the Chilean flag to the moon.
The Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica y del Espacio (Av. Pedro Aguirre Cerda 5000, Cerrillos, tel. 02/4353030, www.museoaeronautico.cl) is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily except Monday. Admission is free.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition