The Patiño Foundation

Simón I. Patiño Foundation


Simón I. Patiño was South America’s most influential industrialist of his or any previous generation. 

In 1931, he established the Simón I. Patiño University Foundation, which promotes access to excellent education through the awarding of scholarships. In 1958, his heirs continued his legacy by establishing the current Foundation, based in Geneva and operating in Bolivia. It operates in key areas to improve the living conditions of Bolivians: education, scientific and agricultural research, healthcare, and culture. 


Today, the Simón I. Patiño Foundation aims to expand its cultural outreach to spread awareness of the foundation’s values, contextualize the entrepreneurial history of the Patiño family, and engage in collective discussions on central topics related to Bolivia’s development. 

France Muséums is proud to have partnered with the Patiño Foundation in producing a strategic study regarding implementation of a global tourism plan related to the foundation’s cultural heritage. Three of its sites, located in the cities of La Paz and Cochabamba, are exceptional witnesses to Bolivian history and exemplars of Art Deco architecture. These sites have undergone a strategic study and the development of various themed environments that place the visitor, their needs, and their experience at the center. 

The France Muséums team has worked on the storytelling and overall guiding theme of the experience offered at each site. They have suggested a substantial reorganization of spaces to provide visitors with a coherent and immersive experience. 

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