Marvellous MIM

Entering MIM (Museo Interactivo Mirador) is like suddenly finding yourself in the middle of a Tim Burton film- forget Alice in Wonderland, this is the real thing. Chock full of fascinating, hands-on exhibitions, here is your chance to behave like a kid in a candy store and not be judged for it... after all, it’s educational.

Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador
Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador

MIM caters to that basic human thirst for knowledge, while being aesthetically tantalizing- the perfect combination for making learning seriously fun. Where else in Santiago can you play a giant piano with your feet, generate your own earthquake and learn how to walk undetected all in the same building?

Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador
Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador

MIM, Santiago’s only interactive museum, first opened its doors in 2000 as part of a government plan to encourage interactive learning. Measuring in at 7,200m², the gargantuan museum is just too big for downtown Santiago. Instead, it straddles the outskirts of the city in the Parque Público Brasil in La Granja, with the closest metro being a good 10 blocks away. The 300 interactive exhibits in this two-story museum, however, more than make up for the distance.

MIM receives 65% of its annual resources from the Ministry of Education. Its aim is to not only improve the quality of education but also to pioneer new and interesting ways of learning.

Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador
Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador

Judging from the number of visiting school groups, it’s easy to think that the museum was designed specifically with school children in mind. However MIM is not just for kids- it's also an educational resource for adults.

“MIM virtual” can be found on the museum web page and is a program that enables both parents and teachers to employ interactive learning at home and in the classroom.

The museum’s contributions to education have not gone unrewarded. MIM has been recognized as the most visited museum of the Bicentenary, as well winning the AVONNI Chilean prize of innovation in 2007. In 2008 it was also recognized as one of the 50 most innovative educational sources in Chile by la Cámara de Comercio and la Fundación País Digital.

Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador
Photo courtesy Museo Interactivo Mirador

While the message behind MIM is serious, the actual museum couldn’t be more fun. With activities such as making and starring in your own films, programming robots and discovering why bubbles are round, you can understand why MIM has been so well-received in the world of education.

The museum gives students an opportunity to escape from the everyday boredom of the classroom and view learning in a new light, as well as giving teachers an insight into how they can make their lessons more interactive. MIM uses the latest technology for one of the greatest causes: education.

If you’re up for indulging your inner-child and toying with some of the world’s latest technology, a visit to MIM is what you need!

Museo Interactivo Mirador (MIM)
Punta Arenas 6711, La Granja
Santiago, Chile
Telephone: 828 80 00 - 828 80 20.

Opening hours:
May to August
Monday: 09:00 to 13:30
Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:45
Saturday, Sunday and National Holidays: 9:30 to 18:30

September to April
Monday: 9:30 to 13:30
Tuesday to Sunday and National Holidays: 9:30 to 18:30

Entrance fees:
Pre-school students under 2 years old: Free
Children (from 2 to 12): CP$2,600
Senior Citizen (60 years +): CP$2,600
Student with a school pass: CP$2,600
Adult: CP$3,900
Teacher: CP $1,300

Metro: Mirador

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