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. With our world travel planner, Cartagena attractions like Museo del Oro Zenu can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Despite its status as a major tourist hub, Cartagena offers a good choice of affordable places to stay. If you're looking to splurge, consider staying at one of the town's restored colonial-era buildings, which now house boutique hotels packed with modern amenities. Alternatively, several old monasteries in Cartagena's walled colonial district offer outstanding facilities at very high prices. Budget-conscious travelers can explore the many mid-range hotels and low-cost hostels clustered in Getsemani, an up-and-coming neighborhood and center of the backpacker scene.
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  • A very nice visit. There is an option to take a guide. Also it's free entrance. The video movies about the gold making ancient ways is really interesting. And the exhibition upstairs is nice  more »
  • The museum showcases a lot of pre-Colombian gold artefacts from different regions and tribes, with clear descriptions of their origin and manufacturing techniques. Unlike some other museums in Cartage...  more »
  • This museum is worth a visit .it is air conditioned, the visit takes about one hour. The displays are very modern and in Spanish and English. It shows the gold objects of the indigenous people of the ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • While you can't take photos of the exhibits it's an amazing place to visit for free. The artistry is second to none