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Museo Nacional

Address: AC 7 (Alberto Lleras Camargo) No. 28-10, Bogota, Colombia
Phone Number: 57-1 334 8366
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Ranked #20 of 175 things to do in Bogota
Type: Art museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Colombia's oldest museum holds a vast collection of archeological artifacts, as well as modern art...
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Type: Art museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Asheville
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

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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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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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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NY
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The National Museo is a must see adventure. Each level of the museum has something new to offer. I would recommend this to all travelers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Great museum and a good choice to educate yourself on one hand in Colombian history but also in Colombian art. The exposure area is very nice and if you don't speak Spanish the informations are also aviable in Spanish.

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LIZELIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Many types of paintings, drawings and other art forms. There are also archaeological findings on display, very interesting. It took about an hour to walk through.

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Kathmandu, Nepal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Incredible collection of historical and modern artifacts representing life in Colombia...free entry as well...fantastico

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The museum is laid out extremely well. The lower floors are about the very old history of Colombia and as you go higher up it becomes much more contemporary. There are great technological features that make the history come alive. Projections, audio and even cards in English explaining each of the rooms. Free admission, clean restrooms, a gift shop and... More 

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