Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)

Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • davidromana
    Miami, Florida157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    El Dorado, Unique view of the ancient cultural Colombia
    Interesting view and evolution of gold mining. The way goldsmiths made awesome pieces of art. Fascinating as it is the legend of "El Dorado" embodied the most important part of the tribal crafting
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Albert B
    Cincinnati, Ohio395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth your time
    Well worth your time (60-90). Very reasonable admission fee. Elevators are available for those in need. Wonderful gift shop. Watch for pick pockets outside. Have a cup of coffee during your visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Pax Tour
    Connecticut12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing history and displays galore!
    This is another “must” for everyone. Slight entrance fee, but worth the visit l, especially the final surprise display at the end of the tour. Gave me insight into the vast Colombian origins and tribes. As in many museums you pick and choose the presentations, some more interesting than others.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 12, 2023
  • TravelBuddy80
    New York City, New York314 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum of Gild
    The museum is very interesting and well put together. You get tode how gold ND other metals influenced Colombia and the rest of Latin America. It's about 2 hours long and worth going to if you're visiting Bogota.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Thomas_KKK
    Aalborg, Denmark38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight of Bogotá
    If you only visit one museum, this is the one. The quantity and craftsmanship of the pre-Hispanic gold artefacts is amazing. Clean, safe, and affordable. Could use more translations or at least somewhere to get an uneasy overview of the culture groups as this can easily get confusing. The exhibition is very antiquarian with a focus on the artefacts themselves with little context, provenience or even typology. Just a bunch of gold artefacts divided by region, but the quantity and craftsmanship makes up for the lack of narrative and wider context.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Hudsonmccraw
    Virginia Beach, Virginia2,714 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile to visit.
    This is an interesting museum, covering the history of Colombia as it relates to the use of gold. I liked the exhibits, and this is a very nice museum. It may not be everyone's cup of tea. But I was with a tour guide who definitely knew what he was talking about. So that helped a lot. Overall, I would definitely recommend anyone visiting Bogota to stop by this museum. I definitely enjoyed my visit.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 4, 2023
  • VicCosentino
    Sacramento, California431 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worthwhile!
    Very well done museum. Enough to look at especially representations to explain pieces in 3rd floor. Second floor showing pieces from different regions was a little overwhelming given our limited time. I’d go again just for better look at 2nd floor. Make sure to see the 5-7 min display in the theater. It was so cool.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,473 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museo del Oro
    It's a great museum. In terms of the grandeur of the collection on par with the Larco Museum in Lima. The Metropolitan Museum collection of Central American gold (which has a few excellent pieces and is probably the best one in the US) is not even close. The admission is CLP 5000 (~$1), seniors free.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 22, 2023
  • 245olegv
    Madrid, Spain2,773 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum to understand the history of Colombia, traditions, beliefs and golden craftsmanship.
    Wonderful museum about the history of gold mining and golden artifacts of various areas of Colombia. Nice presentation of the historical usage of golden artifacts by chamans, connecting to spiritual beliefs of local tribes. Well explained different techniques they used alongside centuries to work with gold.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Wre2nxt
    Manchester, United Kingdom312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lavish displays
    The museum is centrally located and not far from Plaza de Bolivar. It has many floors of fantastic gold and other metal exhibits. It is a fair price and has options such as an audio guide or a personal guide to show you around. Or, you can just wander by yourself if you wish. I do recommend visiting Lake Guatavita first, as you will have a better understanding of the indigenous people who made and wore the gold jewellery and how the gold ties in to the ceremonies at the lake from ancient times.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 22, 2024
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Nick D
Calgary, Canada1,310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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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Hrvoje from Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Wonderful and very interesting place to visit if you like to get to know more about our Ancestors, or to be precise old latin american culture. Over 55.000 precolombian artifacts, jewellery, pottery, will make you really get inside of how life looked back then. Last year I visited Museum, rather said Tomb, of father Alexander Makedonski in Greece, and I was amazed by the high level that greek/macedonian civilization achieved. The same was here, treasure and descriptions of various exibits will get you insights and admiration to those people. I thought I would be done in 1 hour, but I stayed more then 2 hours, and still haven't seen everything. Almost missed my flight back to home (Croatia, Europe).
There are three floors, on each you can see different things. Maybe the most treasured and famous one is located on 3rd floor found near the town of Pasca in 1969, is the unlabeled gold boat called the Balsa Muisca. It's uncertain how old it is, as generally only gold pieces that include other materials can be carbon dated.
Entrance is 4.000pesos (audio guidance around 8.000pesos), but on Sunday entrance is free.
Written March 14, 2020
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KV1234
London, UK2,459 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
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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Raphaela
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
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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zimag
London, UK135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The museum leads narrative about gold in a slow pace of dark chambers. The gold is a thread in the pre-colonial history of Colombia and we walked along its shining line through the darkness. I liked focus on wealth of skills, culture and art. It contrasts with a simple greed of European conquerors. Good shop with artesan produce of Colombia....
Written February 16, 2020
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elenaus1
136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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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Iantrepid
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
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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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Large collection of gold of many regions and periods in Colombia, very well presented and explained. It has really a lot of interesting pieces so you need some time to visit. Be aware that this museum is always very busy and can get crowded, however it is a must when you visit Bogota.
Written March 7, 2020
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Elliott
Los Angeles, CA114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • 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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