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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 like that type of program, the Museum offers a Rico Walker collection by the rich history of Colombia and Latin peoples.
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  • The Museum, housed in a former-prison in the 19th century, has a sufficient and interesting collection of paintings and both national and international hierarchy. The identity is reflected in all of them Colombian, from their territories to their culture. Currently this mutating, curated by the Museum seeks to reflect a more regional character and traditional rooms with the new rooms coexist. It is advisable to take the guided tour-free - which combines an explanation of some works and the 'behind the scenes' in the way of arm display, their motives and reflection that aims in us as visitors. The staff is excellent and very composed! In addition, is a museum that is accessible for everyone, with points where both blind people as deaf or with some degree of disability can internalize the sample.
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  • Personally to me is the place that most liked of all Colombia... in you got the history, art and culture of the country... takes time going around it all, is very large and full... it is worth losing a whole afternoon in the...
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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.