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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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Very comprehensive, highly didactic

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Miguel CM Crespo
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Museo Nacional is located in an old and austere looking prison... and the architecture may be one of the best things about a visit. There was very little info available in English (large, laminated boards are sometimes found at gallery entrances, but they are limited.). We walked through many of the galleries quickly, glimpsing portraits of aristocrats, ancient pottery,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

It's a nice museum, but hardly any of it is in English, so unless you can understand Spanish you might find it boring. They do have free English tours on Wednesdays at 4pm though. It's interesting enough and is in an old prison so that's cool. It's worth a walk around, give yourself at least 2 hours to see it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

If you're very interested in Colombian history, you should see this museum. However, for a non-Colombian traveler with limited time, go see the Museo de Oro and the Botero museum first. Also make a quick pass through Museo Santa Clara. Although it's not the highest on the list, a trip to la Quinta de Bolivar did more to bring alive... More 

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