Museo Santa Clara
Museo Santa Clara
4.5
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10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK2,896 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
The austere 17th century exterior gives no hint of the opulent interior with lots of gold-plated decoration. Part of a former convent, there are excellent electronic displays in Spanish and English giving lots of information. Inexpensive to enter and over sixties are free.

Written February 20, 2023
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,757 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
If you can only do one thing and one thing only in Bogota, make it a visit to the Santa Clara church museum. Although there is an entrance fee - the only church in the city that charges - it's worth every penny. You may in fact luck out - as I did - and discover for reasons unknown that they'll waive the fee. I think it happened because a lecture was taking place in the back of the museum when I visited. It's not a functioning church any longer, but is the most interesting museum in the city. There are interactive screens to tell you all about every single artefact and work of art, which cover every inch of the wall space. Everything is truly breathtaking, from the ceiling to the artwork, to the altar. Don't miss this museum.
Written June 15, 2017
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Jon Matson
Borrego Springs, CA1,223 contributions
Jul 2015
I have been in Bogotá for six days now, and I've seen many sites and many churches. Today I saw Santa Clara. I have to say of every place in town that I've seen this is my favorite by far. There are so many paintings in here you will be overwhelmed with the beauty of it in the cold is everywhere. I really haven't seen the place is beautiful for a long time. The crypt below holds the bones of many of the churches priest man's etc. The design of the interior is far better than any I've seen in this country and others as well. You must go see this place to believe it. Stay for a long timeand look at everything closely to her three times. You won't be disappointed
Written July 18, 2015
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Rhett B
budapest42 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
I just visited the Museo Iglesia this afternoon, and I was extremely disappointed. What must have once been an extraordinary place in terms of its beauty (not its dogma) is now a miserably curated and lighted site run by the ineffective behemoth of the Ministry of Culture. The lighting is so ridiculously out of place that there are no words to describe it, or even an imagination to justify why someone would have made the decision to install such technicolor lighting. I also entered the museum when someone was giving a presentation on the baroque so even after paying the entrance I could not approach the altar, or really even move around at leisure because of the rows of chairs and lecture in progress. Of course I think it's fantastic that such spaces are used for lectures, but I'm not sure that a space like Santa Clara should try to host lectures and operate as a museum simultaneously...especially when they charge an entrance fee. At any rate, when I couldn't approach the altar or even view the permanent exhibit, I asked for a refund, got it, and went on my way. I have been walking around Bogota for 4 days now, and would not recommend Santa Clara for any reason as San Augustin and other churches are just as spectacular and free of Ministry of Culture turbulence.
Written June 19, 2013
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Elena P
Guadalajara, Mexico4,857 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
The place is for sure one of the most beautiful places to visit in Bogota. The paintings and murals inside are impressive.
Written December 14, 2020
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Victoria W
Houston, TX137 contributions
Aug 2019
I wasn't sure if I would be interested in this museum because it's billed as full of religious relics and I thought my interest could feign a little depending on the setup. When I approached the security at the entrance, I asked how much it was to enter and he said there was not a entrance fee "at that time" - I am not sure if that means a certain day/time of day/time of year... it wasn't clear, but I didn't challenge him on it :)

The amount of history and sheer preservation of the relics and paintings were astonishing, but for me, I was just as amazed by the beautiful decoration and embellishment of the museum itself. Each room is mysterious and wonderful. It's a small stop, but I was pleasantly surprised and can't believe I almost missed it.
Written August 20, 2019
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Art Y
Dublin, CA171 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
This is a chuch converted into a museum. While most of the signage in is Spanish only, there are 8 interactive kiosks which provide information in 4 languages including English.

The interactive kiosks provided good background information about the various saints you see before you.

If you go this museum, please note that is only accessible beyond the Presidential palace check point. In other words, only authorized personnel are supposed to in this area. However the chuch is just inside the exclusion area.

I was able to get to the Museum/Church by showing the guard a map and pointing out the Museum. The guard let me in and told me to use the same checkpoint when I leave.

The museum should take about 30-45 minutes to see.
Written May 13, 2019
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SharonBB
Panama City, Panama182 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
Impressive. Rather stunning and good interactive explanations of many of the saints and other features of the former church.. Note the ceiling and the "hanging" balcony enclosure that is where the cloistered nuns had to "hide" during services. Until Feb. 2019 there is also a contemporary exhibit. Right of Simon Bolivar Plaza, definitely worth an hour or so.
Written January 12, 2019
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Harish B
Medellin, Colombia23 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
I had visited Bogota with my family during July 2018. On one day of our trip, we had visited multiple places as they were all very nearby. One was the Museo Del Mar - the marine museum which was damper - no, not because of the museum, it was because of us. We had gone on a saturday and did not know that they close by 12 on Saturdays. So, from there, we walked to the Museo Del Oro.. its a 5 min walk. The gold museum is a good one. Not very great. But good. One can spend around 45 mins to 1 hour there. From there, we went to the Plaza Bolivar or the Bolivar square. Again, nothing much to do there except click some pics and marvel at the architecture from outside. From there, we walked to the Santa Clara Church cum Museum. This was a very nice Church and well maintained. The entry ticket is pretty cheap. The church has nice interactive displays to explain each of the sculptures and statues. A nice place to find some peace. From there, its just a minute walk to the Colombian president's house. But, please note that an advanced permission has to be taken 5 days prior to your visit. We didnt know that and hence couldnt go in.
Written September 24, 2018
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,340 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Near Presidential Palace, about a block off of Plaza Bolivar. Opens at 9AM. Cost is about $1.50 USD per adult. Additional discount for Colombians. Free on Sundays. Free toliets.Is really a two room museum that was formally a church that was completed in 1647 for nuns. It doesn't take long to view but very pretty with many religious paintings, gold altarpiece and decorated ceiling. See photos I posted. Interactive screens that describe the church museum in English and several other languages. Photos allowed.
Written May 8, 2018
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