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Museo Historico de la Policia, Bogota

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History Museum Museum
Stroll through decades of history of the national police with a visit to Museo Historico de la Policia. The museum educates visitors about the evolution of the police force through exhibits on various security endeavors and laws, as well as crimes and criminals that marked the country's history. The museum houses over 4,000 artifacts, including weapons, documents, uniforms, and vehicles relevant to the police force's history. Founded in 1959, the institution covers three floors, two patios, and an attic filled with additional exhibits. Use our Bogota family vacation planner to add Museo Historico de la Policia and other attractions to your Bogota vacation plans.
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  • It is a very long walk which can not leave you because in all these times escorted by a policeman so if you don't have at least two hours not worth. There's not much to do but you learn a lot from Colombia
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  • This museum is spectacular because you will find the history of the police of Colombia, shows a police culture, their costumes and great evolution that had over time. Come and enjoy your visit guided tour is free and meets part of the Colombian conflict.
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  • As Museum is very attractive and really worth it (for a foreigner). There are weapons, decorations, costumes, equipment and information on the work of the institution. For a Colombian in turn would aggregate in mouth who are force their work (the visit takes place in group, being some official guide - highlight your kindness and wave to direct group-). The collection of weapons is fantastic. It has no cost.
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  • Located downtown. I didn't realize it was a guided tour so I had to wait around for about 15 minutes until they found an English speaking tour guide. My guide was Oscar - pretty good English even though he said his English was quite poor! There is no charge for the guide. The famous Pablo Escobar room and a floor full of confiscated weapons - swords, guns etc. That's the reason why you have to be guided around the museum. Nice place to visit for a few hours.
  • This is a free activity. The museum tour is led by an active National Policeman. It takes about an hour, at which point he'll invite those that want to leave to leave and he'll continue on with those that want to stay. In the second half of the tour you'll see some real highlights like an armory with all the weapons used by the police and a roof-top viewing of the city's skyline. In the first half there is the world history of law enforcement, the development of Colombia's police force, and the story of the capture of several big criminals including Pablo Escobar. I found the museum to be extremely interesting and our tour guide was very charismatic.
  • Free museum with a mandatory tour. Tour was done in English, which helped. Lots of police related material on display and several Escobar things with interesting facts. There is a room with lots of guns, if that is your thing.
  • Apart from not being able to walk around freely to look at what I wanted because there was a police man explaining everything to me in the museum. I also felt that he was rushing through the whole thing and skipping lots of things, so he could go on lunch. The museum had lots of interesting objects with stories behind them.
  • Good free museum with free guided tours from police.

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Many visitors to Bogota stay in La Candelaria, a colonial-era neighborhood in the city center where you can find plenty of decent hostels and mingle with tourists from around the globe. Staying in this area also puts you within walking distance of the city's major museums and best nightlife options. If you prefer to sleep in a quieter area and visit this busy district during the day, consider accommodations in the northern section of the city, which includes the upscale neighborhood Zona T.
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