National Museum of Colombia, Bogota

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Walk through pre-Columbian history at National Museum of 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 National Museum of Colombia and other Bogota attractions into our Bogota online trip itinerary maker , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • They have very interesting collections of Colombian art. The temporary exposicoines performed there are also outstanding.
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  • You should visit it, the building was originally a prison, now this very well maintained excellent restaurants near, an area of historic central, safe and its own tourist photos
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  • There in the old national Panopticon is walk through rooms which summarized the history of Colombia since the indigenous era to the present.
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  • Main intro descriptions were in English which was nice. Mainly paintings but also some sculptures. Nicely laid out in several rooms. The modern art area upstairs was great
  • A very interesting place to learn Colombian history. The building itself is also quite fascinating as I think it was converted from an old prison. Quite a few Botero's paintings on top floor. I wish there are more English translations.
  • Excellent place to visit if you are interested in the history of Colombia. A very complete museum. Prices are cheap and they offer guide service to enjoy the visit and to learn Colombian history.
  • An interesting place to visit. It had detail on all Colombian history and artifacts from all the periods masking up the construct of modern Colombia. Most of the information is in Spanish, so come prepared to translate. Start on the top level and work your way down. Some nice photo opportunity as well.
  • The place is Magic! You found all the Colombian history through objects that represents the culture and society! Nowadays it has new exhibitions and modern rooms with high technology and entertainment for all ages visitors!
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