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National Museum of Art - Museo Nacional de Arte

Comercio y Socabaya, La Paz 1190, Bolivia
2408600
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Ranked #24 of 47 attractions in La Paz
Type: Art Museums
Description: Inside this 1775 colonial-style building is an outstanding collection of famous Bolivian colonial artwork as well as some modern art.
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Brugge, Belgium
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157 reviews 157 reviews
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

You can buy a ticket to visit 3 museas in La Paz: San Fransico monastery, Museo de Etnografia y Folklore and Museo Nacional de Arte. Do not buy such a ticket, because the Museo Nacional de Arte is closed for the moment, due to big renovationworks!!

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Portland, OR
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I was so pleasantly surprised by the collection here. It was lovely. Glad I took the time (don't need more than 1.5-2 hours) to visit this museum just steps from the main square and cathedral.

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The museum is small but delightful. Most of the art is a mix of Bolivia’s history, coca culture and their recent indigenous revolution. Just outside the museum there are plenty of vendors that sell food, souvenirs and a variety of merchandise (electronics, clothes, etc). There is a small entrance fee but there are days when it is free, usually weekends.

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Cusco, Peru
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I hoped that this would be a bit more varied but really almost all of the art is oil paintings with a religious theme and not my cup of tea at all.

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Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

An excellent museum, very well presented work from Bolivia's history. Some stunning religious paintings - quite different to anything we have seen before. A good selection of more modern work especially the sculptor Marina Nunez del Prado.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

This was a hidden gem. Close to Plaza Murillo, the courtyard is awesome. Photograghs and sculptures were my favorites. Nice little shop too.

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Manchester
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86 reviews 86 reviews
33 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Not special but some interesting odds and ends (the military angel paintings for instance) nice cafe.

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Buenos Aires
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

This museum is the place to visit if you want to take in the history of Bolivian painting all in one place. Collections are well organized and documented, and museum staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Also, it is housed in one of the most beautiful old mansions of La Paz, lovingly preserved and quiet, though it sits just a few... More

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Boston
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

The museum was small, but for the low price of entry it was worth paying just to see the courtyard - a great example of colonial architecture. There were several floors of religious art, as well as some more modern pieces by Bolivian artists.

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Chester, Canada
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123 reviews 123 reviews
59 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Besides being at Murillo square, which is a fantastic place for people watching, this art gallery has a really nice balance of new and old art. Highly recommend putting it on your list.

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