Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana, Santa Marta District

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Discover the history of the Tayrona people and feast your eyes on a number of intriguing period artifacts at Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana. The museum examines the culture, society, and technology of the Tayrona people, through exhibitions of gold artifacts and explanations of ingenious forging techniques. Keep an eye out for the scale model of Teyuna, the Lost City, as you enter the museum. Simon Bolivar’s body was first laid to rest in a room on the second floor for public viewing, but has now been replaced by six flags representing the man and his ideals. To visit Museo del Oro Tairona - Casa de la Aduana and get the most from your holiday in Santa Marta, create itinerary details personal to you using our Santa Marta family vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We unknowingly stumbled into this museum while in Santa Marta and are sure glad we did. It's a beautiful restored colonial house, the downstairs being a free gold museum, and upstairs it tells you muc...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    A great stop while exploring Santa Marta’s downtown, Casa de la Aduana (Customs House) it’s a colonial house turned into a free museum administrated by Colombia’s government Banco de la República. If ...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    We were on a cruise and had the chance to visit Santa Marta. The Museum here is very much worth visit, and allow yourself enough time.  more »
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  • August 4, 2017
    A wide variety of artifacts and a very cool history! It had history of the region and the house itself is the oldest in the country! Very cool!
  • August 6, 2017
    Cool place to see some colombian history and hear about the early days of santa marta. And the admission is free
  • February 22, 2017
    It's very informative and free of charge so if you don't get to read about everything in one visit you can always come back..pity they don't have a little cafeteria in the courtyard..:)
  • October 22, 2016
    You must visit! It is a a beautiful old house and my favourite museum in Santa Marta. It is my best recommendation for get to know local culture of the city. Entrance is free.
  • July 11, 2017
    The Museum houses a large collection of pre-Hispanic and colonial, as well as exhibition halls of Colombian artists. The Museum is in good condition and very well explained-House exhibition.
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