Colombian National Museum

The National Museum of Colombia (Spanish: Museo Nacional de Colombia) is the National Museum of Colombia housing collections on its history, art, culture. Located in Bogotá downtown, is the biggest and oldest museum in Colombia. The National Museum of Colombia is a dependancy of the Colombian Ministry of Culture.

The National Museum is the oldest in the country and one of the oldest in the continent, built in 1823. Its fortress architecture is built in stone and brick. The plant includes arches, domes and columns forming a sort of Greek cross over which 104 prison cells are distributed, with solid wall façade. The building was first built in 1874. It was known as the Panóptico (inspired on the Panopticon prison) and served as a prision till 1946. In 1948 the building was adapted for National Museum and restored in 1975.

The museum houses a collection of over 20,000 pieces including works of art and objects representing different national history periods. Permanent exhibitions present archeology and ethnography samples from Colombian artefacts dateing 10,000 years BC, up to twentieth century indigenous and afro- Colombian art and culture. Founders and New Kingdom of Granada room houses Liberators and other Spanish iconography; the round room exhibits a series of oleos from Colombia painting history.

Paintings by masters Débora Arango, Fernando Botero, Enrique Grau, Ignacio Gomez Jaramillo, Santiago Martinez Delgado, Alejandro Obregón, Omar Rayo, Andrés de Santa María, and Guillermo Wiedemann are part of the Permanent Collection.

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Ioana Calin
23 August 2015
There's a wardrobe where you can leave your extras if you come from/go directly to the airport. No entrance fee, just a voluntary contribution (I'd say make it!). Cheap and cool souvenirs shop.
Otel.com
8 September 2011
Has over 20,000 items from different periods and histories. Highlights: Colombian artifacts and afro-Colombian art, painting by artists such as Fernando Botero, Santiago Martinez Delgado, Omar Rayo.
Susan Loh
22 May 2019
Broad range of art in a former prison. They did a gorgeous job with the building so pay attention to the architecture as much as the art.
Vanessa Rueda
21 April 2019
They got renovations and now it looks amazingly curated and sparkly educational. Totally worth it! one of the best colombian art collections
Natsuko U
31 July 2015
If You want to learn about Colombian historia in 3 House, this museo serves well.
Laolu Fayese
14 June 2017
Download google translate and use the picture format to translate some of the explanations of the exhibits as there are only a few with English explanations.
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Carrera 7 # 28-2 a 28-100, Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia Get directions
Fri-Sat 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Mon 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Tue 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Wed 10:00 AM–7:00 PM

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