Museo del Caribe

Museo del Caribe, Barranquilla: Hours, Address, Museo del Caribe Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo del Caribe
4.5
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Arxitexter
Fort Lauderdale, FL1,326 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
There’s not as many museums here compared with other Colombian cities so we went to explore this museum that presents the history of the land and the people of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The architecture is striking and the exhibits are stacked vertically from floor to floor. Start at the top and descend to the lobby level. There’s a room filled with artifacts and books that are part of the collection from the time Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez worked as a journalist for El Heraldo. Odd audio-visual presentation seems designed for very young children. Very nicely designed exhibit on the native peoples (13 tribes represented). However all exhibits are in Spanish. The content is comprehensive in scope not extensive and the rooms appear sparse. The museum apparently needs help. Small selection but good quality items in the gift shop.
Written November 12, 2017
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DemetrioAbu
Barranquilla, Colombia320 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
I have visited twice the Museo del Caribe with my wife and daughter. Been from this region of Colombia I can say there´s more room to understand why we are the way we are.
The area of the city not so good yet it is easy to get there. I will recommend this visit to anyone who thinks that all “costeños” are very mucho alike and this is not necessary all thru.
Written July 29, 2013
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Alexander R
Vancouver, Canada157 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
I love finding hidden treasures and this is one of them. Located in a "not-so-amazing" area of the city, this museum displays exactly why the Caribbean coast and the Colombian coastal people are the way they are. Just go and you can thank me later.
Written May 28, 2013
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txtfa001
Austin, TX654 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We went to the museum today and were told it is closed for t2o months for remodeling. I was disappointed because I really wanted to see it and made a special trip across town. It needs to be listed on their website as well as on trade visor.
Written February 22, 2018
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miss j
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates16 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
To view the museum, you take the elevator to the fifth floor and work your way down. Coincidentally, my opinion of the museum went down as we descended.

The best part, definitely worth the price of admission (although to be fair it was half price when we visited, due to the AC being broken) was the cultural videos. I think there were 12 or 15 videos on the different indigenous Colombian cultures -- you sat on a stool in front of your own video screen and chose the ones you wanted to watch. Each video was probably around five minutes long, and I watched all of them -- it was a great way to learn more about the diverse cultural history of the country, and I even learned about the origin of some of the artisanal crafts I had seen.

There were also guides on each floor, which I thought was a nice idea. However, after a brief and rehearsed speech about what we'd see on the floor, they didn't seem to be very interested in answering questions (and it wasn't a language issue, as my friend and I speak fluent Spanish). It was not crowded and they didn't appear to be doing anything else, so it was a bit of a mystery.

I think our biggest complaint centers around the temporary exhibit about Garcia Marquez and a French Caribbean author -- it wasn't very interesting, did not significantly feature Colombia, and yet took up a great deal of space on each floor. It supplanted many of their permanent exhibits, in fact, and we weren't able to see any of the Caribbean music exhibit that we had read about. On one floor, everything (presumably permanent exhibits) was covered except for one area that again featured the temporary exhibit.

So, if you can go when the permanent exhibits and AC are all up and running, it might be an interesting way to spend a few hours. Otherwise, head right to the videos and don't bother with the lower floors, it's not going to get any better.
Written August 16, 2017
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Aaron Guzmán
Lima, Peru31 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Really good place with lots of interesting things to watch. I recommend to go early because they have an exhibition of the people who lived in Colombia before the Spanish invasion (11 different tribes) and it takes almost an hour - hour and a half to watch all of them and that's on the 5th floor. You start from the 6th floor and go down as you learn all about the Colombian culture. Really cool place to visit.
Written March 7, 2019
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Phenao
Medellin, Colombia32 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
This museum was renovated a short while ago, it is not very big, it won’t take you lore than an hour or so to get through it. Like Most museums it is not very fun for very small Kids. It is very well organizes and as an adult I found it very interesting. You learn about the geography and nature around this area, you get to listen to real native Indians talking about their styles and customs, you listen to their music and see their dances. I recommend you visit it.
Written October 14, 2018
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nuwandabob
Escazu, Costa Rica1,172 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
I was surprised by this Museum. It doesn't seem like much but it does have very good displays and information about the Colombian Caribbean culture, on how it arose from a clash of cultures from Africa, Europe and American Indians. I very much enjoyed the videos on each indigenous tribe on this coast of the country. One of tour guides, Sergio, was really attentive and was well informed, he answered every single question I had. I highly recommend a visit to this Museum.
Written May 28, 2017
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mpaola8
New Jersey174 contributions
Jan 2015
I loved this museum!. I'm the kind of person who enjoys museums, art and historical visits but I believe anyone could enjoy this one. Its an interactive museum so I makes it fun, you can apply all your senses to the experience, the graphics are great and the place is well organized and easy to move around. The Best thing: the music, for you to feel in the Caribbean is everything about the colors and the music and Museo del Caribe really delivers!
Written October 14, 2015
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Marcel N
Oranjestad, Aruba406 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
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The museum is nicely set-up and has a lot of interesting artifacts from Indian tribes and interactive set ups to see the remaining tribes nowadays as well as history about the Spanish settlers. Even though I speak and read reasonable Spanish, I would have benefitted from a portable audio-system in English. This would be a nice project for the students of the nearby University. I would have gladly paid something extra to get more information about what I was seeing. But I definitely enjoyed everything. Especially the row of video displays with old Indian villages that are still intact to this day.
What was a fabulous find afterwards was the little museum restaurant. Don’t miss this if you want to try some typical Colombian food items !!
Like the Matrimonio ( Corn cakes with local white soft cheese)and the Patacones relleno con chorizo ( Fired green banana stuffed with chorizo sausage) Crema de Ahuyama con Chicharron ( Pumpkin cream soup with Chicharron), bolitas Picarás ( Deepfried Green plantain-balls with cheese) all averaging US$ 4,00 -5,00
Written May 24, 2015
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