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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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  • Special encounter with the history and culture of Colombia, re-fuel for tourists and countrymen, missing more public... Wonderful space, I will return.
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  • Very good Museum, with many rooms dedicated to the history of Colombia and Latin America, historical building in an area enjoyable. It has a café and restaurant very enjoyable. Very interesting to visit.
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  • The beautiful building hides a disorganized, unfocused; did not understand what the Museum proposal, what he wants to tell, or what he wants you to learn with him. A shame!
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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.