Valparaiso is a city with a vigorous culture . Since the beginning of Chilean history has enjoyed great importance in this regard, because as the country's main port, was receiving immigrants from Europe and elsewhere.
Sites such as the Naval and Maritime Museum whose entrance is in the middle of the Craft Fair on Paseo May 21, Artillery Hill, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the Sea Lord Thomas Cochrane , the Municipal Art Gallery Valparaiso Natural History Museum and the Museum La Sebastiana , home of Pablo Neruda , are some benchmarks of the artistic wealth of the city.
The Santiago Severin Library in Valparaiso was the first public library was such that Chile itself. The Open Air Museum plasma on the facades of the neighborhood murals designed by renowned painters such as Nemesio Antunez and Roberto Matta , among others. Located in the Cerro Bellavista, you can access it through the Holy Spirit Lift.
El Mercurio de Valparaíso , the Spanish-language newspaper in the world's oldest outstanding witnesses the evolution of Valparaiso.
Valparaiso also during the Bicentennial , will host major international cultural events, such as the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2010 and the V International Congress of the Spanish Language , which was expected to be the most important version of this event was made, however was canceled due to the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country on 27 February