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Museo del Oro Zenu

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Address: Cra. 4, Cartagena, Bolivar | Plaza de Bolivar, Cartagena, Colombia
Phone Number: 6600778
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Interesting view into regional gistory

Good brief (and free) museum in the central city on the evolution and importance of gold in the local indigenous populations. Exhibits are described in Spanish and English.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Megan S
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good brief (and free) museum in the central city on the evolution and importance of gold in the local indigenous populations. Exhibits are described in Spanish and English.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This small museum is very informative, and give much needed information on the region, pre-Spanish invasion. They have some beautiful pieces.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small museum with a focus on gold, but has history of the region. It's free to enter and has air conditioning.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great museum in that it contained a number of artifacts from the Zenu people and was small enough to be completed in about an hour. Entry is free. The information is in Spanish and English which is really helpful for anyone that is not fluent in Spanish.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free, with English "subtitles" , plenty of artifacts from the Zenu (sinu) culture-inland from Cartagena. It was sobering learning about the tomb rading systematically applied by Don Pedro de Heredia and his men to get gold out to Spain. Also, very complete anthropological study of the original culture in the surrounding area. It's well worth a visit.

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Kingston, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well set up, very intereting displays and great information in English. Small and focused on pre-colonial gold. Would have liked more expansive view of the story of gold in Colombia. But the museum did close early and I was shooed out, so maybe there was more to see, but going out, I looked around and didn't see where else there... More 

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Brimfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some beautiful artifacts and jewelry....well displayed...the information was all in Spanish so if you have no grasp of the language you may miss something...or you can hire a guide.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stumbled across this museum just in passing - free entrance, 3-4 rooms with ancient gold artifacts - household items, jewelry, and more. Air conditioned, so why not? I don't think you're allowed to take photos. But a nice, quick little self-guided tour as you browse the Walled City.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Free to enter, this relatively small museum is high-quality, and showcases a large variety of gold items from a range of pre-Columbian cultures around the region. This extends to a fairly detailed explanation about how these people lived (and died) including a remarkable system of large-scale irrigation and flood management. I think this is a great stop, provided us with... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is no charge to enter the museum. The museum has a number of intricate gold figurines, jewelry and ceramics. The displays provide a history of ancient burial customs and life dating back to pre-Columbian times. It is worth taking the time to visit.

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