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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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Nice place to visit

My visit to the museum was not ordinary. I was invited to a dinner at the museum terrace, so I did not have the opportunity to see the museum collection. However, I can say that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Caracas
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Brooklyn, New York
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246 reviews 246 reviews
167 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

So if you can't read Spanish, then you may not get a lot out of it. I enjoyed the different aspects of the museum, history, art (in various mediums, paint, photography, movies, etc). I even learned about recent events that had happened in Colombia that I had no idea about.

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Caracas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My visit to the museum was not ordinary. I was invited to a dinner at the museum terrace, so I did not have the opportunity to see the museum collection. However, I can say that the museum is beautiful and interesting. It is possible to see some of the exposition rooms for the the terrace and the effect of illumination... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This museaum is rich in Colombian history and also has so many nice things to see. I went with my girlfriend and family and really loved the place. I would definitely go back!! The place is clean and the place is big and has a lot to see. From Simon Bolivar to Botero's painting. What else do you want for... More 

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miami
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113 reviews 113 reviews
20 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a museum I will never forget. It is located in what was an old prison,and has been incredibly adapted to be a museum of history and art of Bogota. You can have the sense of the prison as the cells and halls are now adapted and transformed to show a fantastic collection of precolonial,colonial and present artifacts of... More 

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Curitiba, PR
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14 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Nice to those who enjoy art, and a bit history, they did a good job in this one, very open and fresh, well organized, and the best part, no charge!

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

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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55 helpful votes 55 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction 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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54 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 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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