La Moneda Palace Cultural Center focuses on developing, studying, sharing, promoting and preserving art, culture and education. Its aim is to offer to the public access to the various cultural expressions found in the visual and audiovisual field, both in the country and abroad, presenting large scale exhibitions, movie cycles and extension activities.
With this perspective, Chileans have had access to exhibitions at international level, such as “Ancient China and the Terracotta Army”, and the “Masks of Ecuador”, visited by thousands.
Built as a cultural facility for the Bicentennial of Chile, under Plaza de la Ciudadanía, at the south access to the Palacio la Moneda, it has 3 floor levels housing exhibition rooms, the National Film Archive, a coffee shop, handicraft shop and restaurant.
Officially opened in 2006, during the administration of Ricardo Lagos, the project was part of the plan designed by the Ministry of Public Works to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Republic. The construction was designed to articulate two squares, namely Plaza de la Ciudadanía with Plaza de la Constitución, remodeled fifteen years earlier.
With modern lines and imposing materiality, the Cultural Center covers over 7,200 square meters, distributed into three underground levels, with natural light reaching down from the reflecting pool above.
It also serves a daily average of more than 1,000 people, offering free entry to all exhibitions, from Monday to Friday, until 12 noon. The Education Area conducts daily guided tours for schools, as well as holding workshops, movie showings and training and support programs for teachers.