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Museo Nacional, Bogota

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Walk through pre-Columbian history at Museo Nacional, which occupies 104 cells of a former prison designed by English architect Thomas Reed. This 19th-century prison, turned into a museum in 1948, features a collection of over 20,000 items, including works of indigenous and Afro-Colombian artists. To get some insight into prison life, visit room 16 on the third floor, and don't miss the nearly 1,500-years-old Muisca mummies on the ground floor. English-language placards on each floor provide background information on the exhibited items. Don't forget to check out the gardens and the glass pavilion cafe. To visit Museo Nacional on your trip to Bogota, use our Bogota holiday planner.
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  • If you have some spare time in Bogota that you reeeeally want to fill then go here (if you don't have time, don't worry, you haven't missed out on much). It's an interesting enough museum to visit tho...  more »
  • They are three levels, all very organized and have sections of interaction that make the visit fun
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  • Worth the visit if you are into museums. It's a great museum, probably the best in Colombia, well redone from a prison to the museum  more »
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  • A good place to learn about the history of our beautiful Colombia. A good plan in family, couple or individual. The museum has a good layout and each section is well defined.
  • The National Museum offers a complete insight to Colombia's history and art heritage. Besides being a beautiful landmark in Bogotá, you can find a wonderful concert hall, a small café, and a souvenir shop inside. It is a must do when getting to know the city.
  • Nice change of pace for hectic Bogota. The have some interesting collections on Colombia's Republican era. There's also some rotating collections. Must see if in Bogota.
  • A very good place, take time to visit the history and art of this beautiful country, also the building itself is a good sightseeing is an old jail that dates from the 1860's
  • I felt like I learned a lot about Colombian history here and the entrance fee was only like a dollar. It has several floors and many exhibits, so it can take a while to go through everything

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Where to stay in Bogota

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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