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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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  • He had never visited the National Museum and I regret greatly. I went one Sunday because it's free and taking advantage of the bike lane to get walking calmly. This plan seems ideal and rewarding for a Sunday: get through the cycle path to this Museum, either cycling or walking, after or before exercise the body, to enrich the minds of history and art of Colombia. As a civil engineer, I really enjoyed the architecture of the place, which was an old prison. The different rooms contain all types of exhibitions: history, pre-Columbian articles, from different eras and modern art. Even had a room on the education in Colombia and as texts or guidelines have evolved through time. I really enjoyed this room, as well as the painting of Fernando Botero, the pre-Columbian articles, articles of Simón Bolívar and the time of independence, and the architecture of the place. The picture of mother earth, did not know him but I really liked. Anyway, the Museum is very large and I visited only a small portion of the Museum. I hope to know more on a subsequent visit. In the souvenir store reminders of the place and the art and history of Colombia unique and very beautiful get to have. Undoubtedly, I need to go back to the Museum. To complement or end the visit, Juan Valdés can take a typical cafe in the center of the Museum, with the view that can be seen in the photo. This is a must-see.
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  • A former prison that now houses so much art and history. We liked the museum because it gives a little bit of everything about Colombia. The architecture of the place is amazing and there is a nice ca...  more »
  • It is a site that is super organized, with a very good sequence of our history; It is economical and has a activities for incredible children; Today my 5 year old thanks to the Guide passed great and learned some things of our history that I hope will keep them. Super recommended and is proud if they are visiting and non-Colombians
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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.