Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, Bogota

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Take a guided tour and learn about the culture of mining emeralds in Colombia at Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda, an emerald museum holding over 3,000 of the precious stones and exhibiting some of the finest the world has to offer. The tour recreates a mine atmosphere and explains the process of how an emerald is created and mined. Gaze upon the collection on display and observe the different qualities and characteristics an emerald can hold. The gift shop offers cut emeralds and a range of jewellery. You must take a guided tour in order to see the museum and no photos are allowed. Add Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda to your Bogota travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Bogota tour planner.
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  • A little hard to find as there are no obvious signs but the museum is in the Avianca Building located about 200 steps southwest of the Museo de Oro, (see photo). Check at the Security Guard counter in...  more »
  • I must confess that my experience was really funny. When I got a very strange receptionist charged and stayed there about 4 minutes without her saying anything, then came "the Guide". He opens the door of a dark corridor and already close when you pass. He said he was going for a video I said I didn't need he insisted I didn't want to see video. He looked bewildered without reaction, out the door and when she came back she said, ok. And then you go down the narrow corridor and he following you up close without saying a Word, close is very closely same. When it comes at the end, the door was locked he looked at me and I thought alli that he was going to kill me, lol. He opens the door, and a lighted area with emeralds worked, he says that you can't touch or photograph and follow each step to "ensure that". At the end there is a shop. Despite the terror of Playcenter have been funny the Museum is a waste of time
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  • It is a very comprehensive Museum, the guide explains perfectly all the subjects concerning the mine and all very complete processes. If you are a lover of minerals or collect rocks this visit is mandatory, the amount of especimentes of stones concerning the subject is vast and worthy of visit...
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  • Great experience to see a replica mine and find out all you ever wanted to know about emeralds.
  • A great museum to learn about Colombia's emeralds (the highest quality in the world). Nice displays and they even show you how it looks in the mine. The tour (compulsory) lasts 30 mins, ending in a large gift shop. A little complicated to enter - it's on the 23rd floor. Show ID to reception to get a visitors pass for the lifts. I got free entry as I did Beyond Colombia's free walking tour.
  • Good expo to learn about the emerald in Colombia
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  • Very interesting! Very cute place. Incredible view!
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  • An unlikely place in the center of the city
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