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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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  • It's a Spanish speaking country I get it, but as a foreign tourist who speaks basic limited Spanish, it's not a great attraction. Free on Sunday's  more »
  • My adult daughter and I spent about half a day at the National museum. I enjoyed the art collection including many Botero paintings. I also appreciated the exhibit about Gaitan. The museum has a nicel...  more »
  • This is the oldest and bigest museum of the country, with a huge collection now exhibited in a building that was a prision at the ends of XIX century and untill the first half of the 20th. Inside ther...  more »
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  • A very thoughtfully put together museum, however limited English descriptions. As my Spanish is very poor I did not understand the significance or history of a lot of the works and objects. However, I enjoyed walking around the old prison looking at the beautiful objects. Since I couldn't understand much of the written pieces I only spent about 2 hours here and saw everything
  • The special exhibition was well-displayed and the permanent collection had some excellent pieces. Part of the museum was under construction.
  • Very interesting museum with a lot of different types of historical objects. Free on Sunday.
  • Not the best museum of Bogota, but not bad either, just a bit bored; lots of art pieces, i would say the problem wih this museum is the lack of diversity...
  • An excellent mix of art and artifact. This is the place to start when you arrive in Bogotá and want to learn about Colombian culture. It's also in a fantastic historic building. Many of the vignette exhibits are in former jail cells. Don't miss the first one on the left that explains the history of one of the prisoners.