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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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  • The collection seems to be a mix from all the other museums in Bogota and there's a whole lot of it - gold, coins, Boteros, precolumbian pottery and so forth. The building - an old prison - is also ni...  more »
  • It is impressive that the Colombian Government worry about protect and present all those works that make unique traits of the Colombian culture.
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  • It is a museum where we can know how was the life and history of the people of this country. Very competent and friendly employees.
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  • This place is free and has English descriptions( unlike museo de oro). Very interesting to learn about Colombian culture and history
  • Magical and wonderful. Sad too. It shows how Europeans tamed out lands, enslaved us and stole our very humanity
  • Worth the walk, bus ride or taxi to this place. Lots of interesting exhibits including artifacts and paintings. Admission is free. Limited English explanations on several pieces.
  • I know this museum from the top to the bottom, amazing and unique museum in Colombia, where you can find a lot of interesting pictures around the baroque and the colonialism, also nice pieces of gold of our ancestors and beautiful pieces of the independence process.
  • Interesting Museum with much information of the formation, independence and modern day history of Colombia. It's also free.