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Address: AC 7 (Alberto Lleras Camargo) No. 28-10, Bogota 110311, Colombia
Phone Number: 57-1 334 8366
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Interesting exhibits in a magnificent old castle-like building.

If you are thinking, as I did, that the Museo Nacional would have nothing but Pre-Columbian artifacts on display you would be wrong. This is a multi genre place to visit with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Long Island, New York
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are thinking, as I did, that the Museo Nacional would have nothing but Pre-Columbian artifacts on display you would be wrong. This is a multi genre place to visit with paintings, sculptures and varied art forms to see as well as relics from older times in Colombia. We happened upon a very interesting exhibit of Omar Rayo works.... More 

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Southwell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is in the old prison which is interesting in itself. It is a simple introduction to the history of the country but is rather big on portraits of people who we haven't heard of and rather short on other exhibits. Not much social history. A bit disappointing.

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Bogota, Colombia
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building and history was more interesting to us then the collection. Nevertheless, the big variety of art is very nice. It has modern art - paintings to pottery from tribes. It has 3 levels, there is a lift. You can spend at least an hour here. They have a nice coffee shop in the garden. And the shop is... More 

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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing history. Safe Location - easy to find and get to. All taxi drivers know. Taxis are inexpensive with HUMBLE drivers. Must visit if you visit Bogota. I do wish that museum would add signs in English also.

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Alberta, Canada
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688 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fine, enclyclopedic collection of all things Colombian. Used to be a prison! Excellent overview of Colombia's history (political and artistic).

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a place for history lovers, and of course art too, just a simple museum with the country history there.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a must for art lovers. Botero pieces are there. Also it is in an architectural point were the old mix with the new.

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Kamloops, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has a good overview of Colombia's history, from prehispanic to modern times. I found the prehispanic gallery rather bare, but I liked the galleries on the 2nd floor. The focus in the 2nd and 3rd floors is largely on paintings, with a few other mediums thrown in for good measure. One thing that other people have noted is... More 

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Milan, Italy
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When going to musea, i don't really feel the need to stand still at every display... so for me the provided English explanation (easily to be found at the entrance of every hall) was adequate... it focused on the more important pieces and helped me to understand more about Colombian history. New hall had an interesting and eclectic exhibition based... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

The museum is great, lot of history and culture there. Many pieces explain a lot of the country's history, but you better know Spanish, otherwise there is little to gain there.

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