Museo del Oro Zenu, Cartagena

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As far as gold museums in Colombia go, Museo del Oro Zenu would probably get the silver medal, but it still makes for an extremely worthwhile visit. Often labeled as a smaller version of Bogota's Museo del Oro, the museum places a strong emphasis on Colombia's indigenous Zenu culture and their use of gold in decorations and religious artifacts. The free museum also displays household items used by the Zenu people and explains how they utilized irrigation and flood-management systems to their advantage. Spend an hour wandering through the museum in air-conditioned bliss. Put Museo del Oro Zenu into our Cartagena sightseeing planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Is a small museum that tells the story of indigenous civilization. You will find a series of objects made and used by Aboriginals and most replica because the originals are in Bogota. Admission is free but it is interesting to visit it accompanied by a guide in order to better understand the story.
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  • This place is amazing--and free! And the only place with English info written on each exhibit. It tells the story of the indigenous peoples of the northern part of the country in a very clear and inte...  more »
  • The museum offers some good information on gold in Colombia. It’s a small museum so it will not take much time to visit.  more »
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  • Small, but interesting. Worth a visit. Free entry.
  • Very interesting historical info and more pre-Columbian gold art than any other museum we've been to.
  • Interesting for a short visit. Free museum. Guides available. Information in Spanish and English.
  • Great show of precolombine most delicate artistry on gold and nice descriptive theory and history of "vueltiao" hat. Don't loose it if you are in "Centro Histórico", lots of interest places around.
  • Small-mid sized museum next to a city plaza. It displays and tells the story of the Spaniard's attempts to seize indigenous gold and relics while giving a good glimpse into the craftsmanship of the gold items, how climate affected the region, etc. Worth a stop. And its free and air-conditioned too.

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