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Museo Casa de la Memoria

298 Reviews

Museo Casa de la Memoria

298 Reviews
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Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín

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Eliminate the hassle of traveling independently from Medellín to Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) and spectacular Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol) on this stress-free, full-day tour. As well as summiting Peñol Rock—a must-see for anyone visiting Medellín—you’ll enjoy visits to the local town of Guatapé, the famous Guatapé Zocalos and an exclusive boat tour of Guatapé Lake! Traditional lunch is included with this tour for your convenience.
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Andy wrote a review May 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
It was an interesting (and free) visit, but I didn't have headphones and it seemed to lack a general narrative, it felt more like odd seperate stories.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Jeremy wrote a review Mar 2020
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The Museo Casa de la Memoria is a treasure-trove of Colombia's history. The main displays provide informative, if broad-strokes, overviews of different aspects of the history of the city, region, and country. If you speak English, there is a mostly functional app with an audioguide translation for each display. But the real value of the museum lies in two electronic displays, one on each wall of the main hall. The first allows you to look at crime statistics by crime, region, and year to see how the tumultuous history has unfolded. It also offers city maps with dots for sites of different historical events or modern memorials. Tapping on each dot will reveal a picture of the site or a newspaper clipping from the event. Astonishingly detailed and useful even if you can't understand it all. On the other wall are several screens with seats in front of them. Each displays a timeline of Colombian/Medellin history which you can scroll through and click on events for each year. Once again, that will pull up newspaper clippings and even television excerpts. I found the display fascinating -- seeing video footage of the siege of the Palace of Justice or the assassination of Galan brought the history to traumatic life in a way that nothing else has. But I tired of it after maybe 10-15 minutes, not understanding most of the material. My girlfriend, who speaks excellent Spanish, spent 45 minutes at the display. If you speak Spanish, it's a must-see. If not, I still strongly recommend it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
james p wrote a review Feb 2020
Petaluma, California547 contributions197 helpful votes
This is a nicely appointed museum. It is interactive and interesting, but I think it lacks the "big picture." The idea is to express and explain the deths and destruction that has occurred in Colombia due to the paramilitary groups and drug trafficking. Non-Colombians need a room or a section of the museum that provides an overall 10000 ft viewpoint on this issue. It's free and there are bi-lingual signs.
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Date of experience: February 2020
phutty wrote a review Feb 2020
Tallinn, Estonia1,254 contributions279 helpful votes
It quickly becomes obvious that this museum is geared (understandably enough) towards local visitors rather than foreigners. What this means in practice is that if you don't speak Spanish you'll find the majority of the exhibits impenetrable, as they aren't supplied with translations. Summary pieces are posted around the walls in Spanish, English and French, but they don't go in to any detail. An app is available to download to help with some of the Spanish-language exhibits, but requires headphones and therefore is only of limited use if, like us, you don't have any headphones on you during your visit. As such, the most interesting features for us were the recorded interviews, with (not the best but generally understandable) subtitles, of all manner of people from Colombia's turbulent past, plus the interactive screen of artworks inspired by the country's conflicts. The 'memory space' celebrating the lives of those lost was also very tastefully and poignantly done, and nicely designed - as per the museum as a whole. Admission is free, although you're asked to register your visit by providing some details on the computers by the entrance desk when you arrive.
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Date of experience: February 2020
James F wrote a review Feb 2020
27 contributions5 helpful votes
This museum is great, a must for visitors to Medellin. It is a powerful history lesson and remembrance of the decades of armed conflict in Colombia, with particular focus on humanizing all victims. While the content is very heavy (obviously), the museum also sends a powerful message of hope and solidarity in Colombia. Give yourself at least a couple hours to be there because there is a lot to see and absorb.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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