Visitors to the Nao Victoria Museum can travel back in time and experience the real-life thrill of a 16th-century sailing experience. Opened in 2011, this destination is celebrated by locals for promoting national identity and preserving much of what makes this area so unique. Visitors can wander through four real-life replicas of famous ships: the Nao Victoria, James Caird, HMS Beagle and Schooner Ancud—boats that played an important role in the discovery of Magallanes. Guides are included in the cost of admission, which makes for rich storytelling while travelers explore the ships.
The museum is located in Tres Puentes Wetland, about four miles (seven kilometers) from Punta Arenas, on the Strait of Magellan near Route-Y-565. It’s easy to catch a taxi from Punta Arenas, and museum staff members will happily call one for your return trip if necessary.