Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda

Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda

Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda
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Speciality MuseumsLookoutsGeologic FormationsMinesHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
El Museo Internacional de la Esmeralda cuenta con más de 3.000 piezas en exhibición por tal razón ha tenido un crecimiento exponencial en el número de visitas. Esto se debe principalmente a que es uno de los pocos museos que cuenta con guías especializados que acompañan de forma permanente todas las visitas.
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SARAGUEV
Tokyo, Japan617 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Solo
I can understand the dissapointment of some visitors because they expect an ordinary museum. In fact "The International Emerald Museum" is not a museum, this is the private collection of Mr.Alberto Sepúlveda a wellknown bussinesman in the emerald bussines.
The collection is in the Edificio de Avianca, Floor 23, so the view is beautiful specially during sunset. The ticket costs 5,000 pesos.
The private exhibition consists in a short video of 5 minutes, a small reproduction of 3 of the most important mines in Boyaca and Cundinamarca: Muzo, Chivor and Coscuez, and finally a room with some samples of beautiful emeralds. As in every exhibition or museum you will find a shop with some nice pieces of jewelry. The prices are not as expensive, considering the quality of the jewels and that at your exit from Colombia you can receive a refund of 15% tax.
Before leaving the building, check another small exhibition in the 1st. floor of the same building. I suggest to go first to the 23rd floor and then to 1st to see the other pieces.
You are not allowed to take pictures or videos.
Written February 17, 2012
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Marcia74
Denver, CO88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
I've visited this little museum twice in the past several months with friends who were visiting us here in Bogota. I just went last week and the entrance fee is only USD$2.50, so not sure how
much the one person got charged who said it was expensive. It's in a building that you show
your ID and they take a photo of you before getting in the elevator and you go up to the museum. BTW, there's a clean bathroom with soap and running water on this floor. You watch a short video in Spanish as they round up an English speaking guide, otherwise the tour is in Spanish. Then you go in a dark room and watch another short video that is subtitled in English. The guided tour takes you to 4 sections of Emerald mines that are replicas of the real deal. In the next room, they have several emerald pieces and Emerald art in glass cases. The guide explains each case. There are some magnificent specimens. You are then free to look and buy in their jewelry shop. Colombia is famous for it's Emeralds, so this is an interesting and informative stop.
Written January 22, 2014
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HPRIC
Washington DC148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2011 • Couples
To be fair - this is more of an educational opportunity that leads to a jewelry showroom - calling it a "museum" is a bit of a stretch. However, it is still worth a visit, since it is near other attractions like the Gold Museum, and you can be in and out in less than an hour. Plus, the views are great! The museum is located in the Avianca building, and security is tight- be sure to bring identification. When you arrive you will be shown a movie on emerald mining and then will be guided through a "mine shaft" which re-creates the various mining environments in Colombia, with actual emerald mine samples from each. It was very interesting to learn about the different qualities and types of emeralds that Colombia produces. Then, you can view all kinds of emerald artifacts, and lastly, you may purchase all manner of emerald jewelry. One drawback is that you are not allowed to take photos of the emeralds, but you are allowed to take photos out of the windows, which is quite an impressive view of the city.
Written November 11, 2011
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B d A
Athens, Greece982 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
a high school project work with fine vistas to the town but just that. A willing student like exponent, meticulous and humorous took us through the stages and the qualities and the four factors: translucency, colour, inclusions, clarity, cut etc. We did not absorb, or rather we absorbed less than form a wikipaedia or equivalent expose. But like whatever is oversold, this one assumed a character well beyond what it constituted. The jewelry specimens were below what you see in a upper middle class european gathering of well jewelled ladies. Security was interestingly underlined and that was to our liking
Written August 1, 2022
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scphil21
Orange County, CA442 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
This is an emerald store owned by someone with a fantastic collection of emeralds. The visit is quite bizarre. You go up in an elevator, pay your money. Then they lock you in a little dark room to watch a 10 minute video on emeralds. After the video is over there is no instruction on what to do. There is a dark cavern to your right and you sort of pause to figure out what is going on. Once the bizarreness reaches an unbearable point someone appears from nowhere to light the cavern and walk you through the "emerald mine". After that they run you around a few cases of rare emeralds and dump you into the jewelry store. No exhibits, no explanations, no history. Just a video and a whirlwind tour of some rich guy's emeralds. Kind of a surreal experience. This was not a highlight of the trip.
Written December 2, 2014
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Eternalspring22
Bogota, Colombia4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Friends
It is a fake museum. I am taking an expensive Spanish class at Javeriana and they took us to this "museum" as a class field trip. The presumption here is that foreigners taking expensive spanish classes will have enough money to spend on grossly overpriced jewelry. The set up of the shop is you enter through a plastic imitation of a emerald mine tunnel and you are shown how the emeralds occur in veins in the rock, next you are taken to an small room exhibit of the raw mined emeralds, adjacent to that room are few workers polishing the emeralds and big finally of the five minute tour is THE STORE!!! In the store you can buy small $5,000 earrings and many more expensive stuff. If you ever been to a tourist trap carpet store in Turkey or India where they have the weavers at the entrance and they try to sell you thousands of dollars of premium hand made carpete this place has exactly the same feel and structure. Go to the legit Museo del Oro next door, skip this fake museum scam.
Written August 25, 2012
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RDubNJ
Mercerville, NJ44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Located in the Avianca building off of the plaza Santander, the Emerald Museum is a quick trip up the elevator. Bring photo ID if you want to get in, as they don't shirk on the security.

You'll get a guided tour of the museum with a description of the history of emerald mining in Colombia, a quick film and then your free to wander the small, yet interesting museum. Afterwards you can check out the gift shop if you're in the mood to buy emeralds and jewelry. The prices seemed pretty reasonable there, with the extra benefit that you're probably not going to be ripped off, which is the (slight) risk you run if you're trying to save by buying in the streets. The views from the window are also worth the trip up the elevator.
Written June 22, 2016
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CanadianaJones
Kelowna, Canada189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Business
To properly accomplish this tour, a person will require approximately 90 minutes, so please plan accordingly. A copy of your passport is required at the ground level front desk prior to admission. The Emerald Museum is located in the Avianca Building on the 23rd floor.

After providing identification and paying 5,000 COP, a guide accompanies you to the elevator and stays with you for the tour. First you watch a short film about the history and logistics in the mining operation which gives an incredible background and sets the tone for the remainder of the tour. Next, your guide takes you through various parts of the museum and explains an incredible amount about emeralds in general. It is a true education for anyone with an emerald zest, and imperative for those intending on purchasing any emeralds locally. Your guide speaks good English and is very open to all questions, giving very detailed explanations so as to not leave anything unanswered.

Note! - There are no pictures or video allowed during the tour! Security is very high given the value of more than 3000 emeralds currently on display both in the museum, and later on in the tour, the store where one can purchase emeralds if one chooses. In the store, there is a bit of pressure to buy, but if you say you are just looking, then everything will be fine.

It is a unique adventure and one I consider well worth investing the time to see.
Written June 22, 2016
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Cynhoff
Brewster, NY665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
Enjoyed the information & the displays. It only takes about 45 minutes, so not too overwhelming. I discovered after purchasing 2 emeralds in the shop that I over-payed. I should have guessed that, shame on me! It's really close to the Gold Museum, so do both the same day.
Written December 18, 2014
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Nicole D.
Panama7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We loved taking this tour. It's not an over-the-top tour, but you get what you pay for: learn something new and different about emeralds! The tour is short and you get to go through a representation of the caves where you find the emeralds in Colombia. They explain to you about the history and some interesting facts about emeralds. Hector did an excellent job throughout the whole experience, we definitely enjoyed it as he was very knowledgeable and a great guide. At the end of the tour you they bring you to a shop where you can buy emeralds.
Written March 6, 2019
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