The Salesian priest Maggiorino Borgatello was one of the greatest missionaries among Tierra del Fuego natives. Born in 1857, Varengo, Italy, he was order priest in 1880, asking to be sent to the missions in Patagonia. He became part ot the 14th Salesian missionary expedition, lead by Monsignor José Fagnano. He was a man of a scientific and literary spirit.

Proof of this are the several history books that he wrote. Particularly interesting is his work Wild Flowers, which recounts the death of dozens of Aboriginal children. He served in the “San Rafael Mission” at Dawson Island and at “La Candelaria” mission in Tierra del fuego. It was during this period when he collected all kinds of objects that had a bond with the natives of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, preserving them for posterity.

Founded in 1893, the Salesian Museum Maggiorino Borgatello is considered one of the best in the city of Punta Arenas. There visitors can find a beautiful collection of artifacts and tools of the ancient aboriginal civilizations that inhabited the Chilean Patagonia, fossils, dissected animals, and samples of flora and fauna in between other findings gathered during the years of the museum. It is not allowed to take pictures.