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Museo Nacional

AC 7 (Alberto Lleras Camargo) No. 28-10, Bogota, Colombia
57-1 334 8366
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Ranked #13 of 111 Attractions 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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Attraction details
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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Bogota, Colombia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

If you can only visit two museums in your visit to Bogotá, then I suggest you hit the Museo Nacional and the Museo del Oro. At the Museo Nacional you can learn in one-stop the basics of Colombian history. With artwork and artefacts covering everything from the first inhabitants of the country to the present day, you can get a... More 

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Falls Church, Va
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Huge old prison is an interesting site, but the museum's contents do not depict Colombia's rich history.

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Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This was a very fun museum to walk around, with lots of interesting exhibits. Note, there were very few English translations, so understanding each item might be difficult for non-Spanish speakers - but I really can't complain since it was free!

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Austin, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We stumbled upon this little gem on our last day in Bogota. Apparently, this used to be a prison and but has been converted into a great gallery space on four floors. Here you'll see Fernando Botero's work from the 50s and 60s, not to be seen elsewhere. We loved it.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This museum starts on the ground floor with Pre-columbian history, moves on to the years of the Spanish Conquest (second floor) and on to works of modern art on the third floor. The second floor is a bit heavy on Catholic art and imagery, with only a small section devoted to African slave trading.

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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103 reviews 103 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This museum is large and it's almost difficult to see everything in one visit. Many of the exhibits are translated in English (look for a laminated card at the entrance of each exhibit that you can carry with you to see the translation of the larger items). Even the things that were not translated were just interesting to see. Save... More 

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This exhibition on one of Colombia's great masters was a boon during my visit to Bogota last week. The National Museum choreographe beautifully the show with Cano's works in its collection but also from the Medellin Museum. The show providrs an alluring view into the artistic and social atmosphere of the Andean Colombia--Medellin and Bogota--during the end of the nineteenth-century... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I liked the contemporary paintings. Botero is over rated in my opinion. The work of an artist, last name Obregon, contemporary of Botero is fabulous. Lovely colors, design, etc. Very nice small museum

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

As you visit Bogota you must visit this museum... It is in an old jail building. Has lots of history and the building it self is very charming.

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Sacramento, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
36 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Our admission price was......NOTHING. What a gorgeous building. Make sure you have some "Juan Valdez" coffee in the courtyard. The only reason I'm giving a "four" is because they do not have English speaking tours on a daily basis (only on Wednesdays). Highly recommended if you're staying near Chapinero or Downtown areas of Bogota.

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