Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Banco de la República Gold Museum houses one of the most important collections of pre-Hispanic metallurgy in the world. As its history, which dates back to 1939, has unfolded, so this institution has become a symbol of Colombia's cultural memory. Its golden exhibition, fully renewed in November, 2008, is a place you cannot miss in your next trip to Bogota.
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4.5
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elenaus1
136 contributions
Whether you're interested in gold history or not, this is a good pause in the middle of your downtown walk. Free on Sundays, the Gold Museum is a nice place to get to know about the pre-hispanic culture, how our indigenous ancestors managed to create art with zero technology, and how the native communities lifestyle as shaped by their beliefs (in nature and in their gods).
Nice place to visit. Clean restrooms. Good WiFi (which is super important for travelers without a local simcard, of course).
I just recommend not buying crafts nearby, because they are extremely overpriced. Same as restaurants nearby. Just walk a couple of blocks (or 5 ot 6) and you'll find the same things, at a much better price.
Written May 21, 2022
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Michelle T
New York City, NY573 contributions
We visited the Gold Museum on our recent visit to Bogota and was blown away. It was absolutely fantastic! First, prices are right. I think cost of admission was roughly $1 USD and rental of the English audio guide was $2 per guide.

The museum was really well laid out and it had so many interesting artifacts. It's truly amazing how the native peoples of Colombia managed to engineer all the items in the museum.

We spent about 3.5 hours going through all the exhibits and never felt bored.
Written June 17, 2022
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Elliott
Los Angeles, CA114 contributions
Couples
Definitely worth a visit. The name implies you’ll only see gold, and it’s definitely orientated around that. But there’s also a plethora of other artefacts from indigenous Colombia cultures and peoples. All exhibits are in Spanish and English, so you can get around on your own easily enough. But I highly recommend using the free tours the museum provide (again, English and Spanish) because they add so much context and the guides were wonderful.

Also, free day sounds great but for only COP$4000 or USD$1 just get the ticket :)
Written May 25, 2022
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KV1234
London, UK2,179 contributions
We tried to visit the Gold Museum just before Christmas and were disappointed to see that visitors were restricted to 10% of normal levels and you had to pre-book to get in. Some people had turned up at 9am to try their luck at getting in and a handful were able to get in after waiting 3 hours.

Imagine our surprise when we left Bogota airport on 10 Jan 2021 and visited the El Dorado business class lounge. These amazing Gold Museum artifacts were displayed there instead... see photo!
Written January 17, 2021
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Iantrepid
25 contributions
When I was waiting in line for the Gold Museum, I didn't think I wanted a tour guide. But something made me change my mind in the last minute and I told Enrique Molina that I could do the shortest 1 hour tour because I had a flight to catch. We ended up talking for almost 3 hours (he never asked me to pay more but I ended up paying him for the 3 hour price because it was well worth it). He is a retired engineer so he understands the metallurgy, and he was a fixer for international businessmen coming to Colombia when it was dangerous in the 90s so he learned from the best world renowned museum experts that these business people hired. He is also part of the Muizca Indian himself and has interviewed and filmed the discoverer of the El Dorado raft. He has also studied anthropology and understands the symbolism of the art in great detail and could talk for much longer than 3 hours if you have the time and it would be very interesting and enjoyable.

I highly recommend you reach out to him (if you don't see him with his gray beard and glasses when you are waiting in line).

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Cuando estaba esperando en la fila para el Museo del Oro, no pensé que quería un guía turístico. Pero algo me hizo cambiar de opinión en el último minuto y le dije a Enrique Molina que podía hacer el recorrido más corto de 1 hora porque tenía que tomar un vuelo. Terminamos hablando durante casi 3 horas (nunca me pidió que pagara más, pero terminé pagándole el precio de las 3 horas porque valió la pena). Él es un ingeniero jubilado, por lo que entiende la metalurgia, y fue un reparador para los empresarios internacionales que venían a Colombia cuando era peligroso en los años 90, por lo que aprendió de los mejores expertos en museos de renombre mundial que estos empresarios contrataron. Él también es parte indígena muizca y ha entrevistado y filmado al descubridor de la balsa El Dorado. También estudió antropología y entiende el simbolismo del arte en gran detalle y podría hablar por mucho más de 3 horas si tiene tiempo y sería muy interesante y agradable.

Le recomiendo que se acerque a él (si no lo ve con su barba gris y anteojos cuando está esperando en la fila).
Written February 28, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,548 contributions
Solo
The Gold Miseum is superb and is a must see when in Bogota in my opinion.
They've done a marvellous job here and there is so much to see. Obviously it's all about gold artefacts found all over Colombia from various eras and there are lots of information boards and panels in Engkish as well as Spanish.
Sone of the jewellery, tools and other artefacts are just sumptuous. I loved the audio visual room lighting up all the gold artefacts along the walls and in the floor.
Set over 4 floors as far as I recall, there is so much to see and at only 4,000 pros (less than one euro) it represents amazing value.
Written July 17, 2022
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Raphaela
14 contributions
You can learn a lot about the ancestral history of Columbia her and view some amazing ancient treasures. Unfortunately my family felt they were being followed excessively by the staff and they did not enjoy it. I can not attest to this as I spent most of my time reading and viewing and not on whether or not I was being followed. I would recommend you take a tout to Gautavita lagoon before going to the Gold museum as there is a historical link to a lot of the items you see and the lagoon.
Written April 24, 2021
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,310 contributions
firstly this is a first class museum - with as much, if not more gold, than the major museums and treasuries in Europe. The displays are well situated so that large groups can get in and out easily. The audio guide is a must and is very detailed.

but,for admission, for the audio guide and for the audio guide deposit - the museum does not take US dollars or credit cards. Makes sense but that was not what we were told at our hotel). There are a some ATMs close by that helped save our afternoon from disappointment.

Thereafter we spent almost 3 hours looking at everything. It is a very worthwhile stop.
Written March 14, 2020
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Ted M
Portsmouth, UK12 contributions
The taxi dropped us off at the front of the building, which was not the entrance, after walking around we found the entrance, it would seem the main entrance is shut, we went to pay, and was told that over 60s is free. Then we embarked on the most wonderful journey, each floor was a treasure chest of delight, the history and culture spelt out along side the most amazing exhibits, I could not believe what I was looking at, how these precious items came to be found after the Spanish wrecked Colombia is amazing. Living in London I have seen good museums but this one tops them as the best I have seen, please go and visit the best museum you will ever visit.
Written February 20, 2020
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Paantha
San Diego, CA145 contributions
Family
We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was slightly busy not too bad. All the displays were amazing. Most of the gold pieces are on the 2nd and 3rd level. They have a really good collection of pieces from the indigenous cultures of the pre- Colombian period of present-day Colombia. My favorite part is the offering ceremony on the 3rd level. They also had some educational videos that the kids enjoyed. Though we don’t understand Spanish and the videos were in Spanish our kids were still entertained by them for a bit and learned some things by watching. I would definitely recommend visiting.
Written July 31, 2022
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