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Address: AC 7 (Alberto Lleras Camargo) No. 28-10, Bogota, Colombia
Phone Number: 57-1 334 8366
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Colombia's oldest museum holds a vast collection of archeological...
Colombia's oldest museum holds a vast collection of archeological artifacts, as well as modern art. The building itself is interesting—it's a former prison and many of the galleries are inside former prison cells.
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not bad for an old prison

love this museum....the floors, the space..the stairs.... the botero room is grand, can't imagine going to bogota and not visiting the museo nacional

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Cali, Colombia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

love this museum....the floors, the space..the stairs.... the botero room is grand, can't imagine going to bogota and not visiting the museo nacional

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Former jail till early 20th century, it has been re-opened as Colombian national history museum at the same time that Gaitan has been murdered (ironic, isn´t it?). It´s a very nice museum with temporary exhibitions and free music concerts

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Savannah, Georgia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Second only to the Gold Museum! The Museo Nacional is Colombia's best representation of its past and future! Located just out of the busy area on Bogota's downtown and historical district, and inside an antique prison. The museum features paintings from the colonial era, many of Boteros works, and a fantastic exhibit that is rotating and contributes to modern Bogota... More 

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Miguel CM Crespo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

in one place you get to understand the history, nature and arts of Colombia. An excellent museum by international standrds

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Hartford, Connecticut
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52 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Great place to see actual historical artifacts and some selected artworks. Located downtown, check hours for openings.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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45 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Unfortunately if you don't speak Spanish you aren't going to get much from a lot of the displays. But on the top floor there are some modern art corridors, satirical cartoons and displays on Bogota's recent history that we could yield a little more information from. And anything we did understand was really, really interesting. The building is pretty cool... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Don't miss the excellent National Museum in Bogota. The Museum provides an imaginative mix of history and art, displayed in a manner that makes the history come alive for the visitor.

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Kensington,Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The building used to be a prison, thus the exterior is very interesting. But, the interior of this museum needs organization. Either arrangement by centuries, townships, or religions. Instead, the collection appears to be arranged haphazardly. After 45 minutes we left!

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Asheville
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The area is nice and the building is historical but what was in the building was not that impressive. It is free and glad I went but the other museums in the area are much better.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a very interesting building. Formerly it was a prison, and you can still see its ancestry in some of the galleries. The museum is undergoing a major transformation. The first part is the newish Memoria y Nacion (Memory and Nation). It is a new way to display the museum's artifacts to show the history and diversity of the... More 

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