Museo Nacional de Colombia, Bogota

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Walk through pre-Columbian history at Museo Nacional de Colombia, 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. Put Museo Nacional de Colombia and other Bogota attractions into our Bogota online trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • History and art all under on roof. The history sections were well laid out. Sometimes in a linear style showing aspects of history in a timeline, sometimes displays you can walk around as you...  more »
  • This museum is dedicated for the history about the columbian nation. You may notice this museum is located in old jail.  more »
  • The National Museum of Colombia traces the history of the country from Pre-Colombia times to the Conquest to present day highlighting all aspects of society.  more »
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  • We had the privilege of visiting the Museo Nacional de Colombia earlier today, and what a gorgeous museum it was! The building the museum is housed in is historical, and the exhibits are well laid out with plenty of interesting information. While not all the descriptions are available in English, many were bilingual. Make sure to give yourself ample time, as the museum is three floors. With regular entry fees hovering around $1.00USD, it's a great - and budget-friendly - way to spend an afternoon (and a refuge from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bogota).
  • Is a nice place if you want to know about Colombian history and art. If you get there, is around one hour and a half or more to visit all places.
  • Beautiful old building that used to be a prison. Explore the 2d and 3rd floor where pictures, and objects blend with modern art pieces to tell you the history of this country. A must when visiting Bogota.
  • It's a necessary museum to visit if you're visiting Bogota (as a tourist, for work or even as a constant visitor). Its archives on display depend, most of the times, on the time of the year, concerning to commemorations or historic celebrations of Colombian history. Definitely a pkace to visit if you're interested in knowing a bit more about the place you're visiting.
  • This is a great year to visit the museum and learn more about Colombia's independence. Sundays have free entrance, but during weekdays you'll pay as low as $4.000. Although the art collection is not huge it does have plenty of historic artifacts that help understand Colombia's culture.

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