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“Not a museum but private collection”

Museo Internacional De La Esmeralda
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Emerald Tour in Bogotá
Ranked #71 of 347 things to do in Bogota
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed February 17, 2012

I can understand the dissapointment of some visitors because they expect an ordinary museum. In fact "The International Emerald Museum" is not a museum, this is the private collection of Mr.Alberto Sepúlveda a wellknown bussinesman in the emerald bussines.
The collection is in the Edificio de Avianca, Floor 23, so the view is beautiful specially during sunset. The ticket costs 5,000 pesos.
The private exhibition consists in a short video of 5 minutes, a small reproduction of 3 of the most important mines in Boyaca and Cundinamarca: Muzo, Chivor and Coscuez, and finally a room with some samples of beautiful emeralds. As in every exhibition or museum you will find a shop with some nice pieces of jewelry. The prices are not as expensive as in other parts of the world.
Before leaving the building, check another small exhibition in the 1st. floor of the same building. I suggest to go first to the 23rd floor and then to 1st to see the other pieces.
You are not allowed to take pictures or videos.

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

I got a discount at the tourism office, so I visited the emerald museum. I was a bit disappointed because the entrance fee is expensive and there is not much to see (everything is fake inside). You can't even take pictures. Only if you are into (expensive) jewelry!

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Ironic that a museum about precious stone being mined from the depths of the earth should be at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city but the view is great and is almost enough reason to visit on its own.

The museum itself was pretty good but as mentioned in another review, is also an emerald shop. The museum was empty when I was there and one of the staff guided me around the museum and showed me everything. She was knowledgable and enthusiastic and answered all my questions. I'm not sure if the personal guided tour is what this museum does as standard or if the lady was bored and wanted something to do but I learnt a lot.

There was one fake emerald in the whole museum. The guide asked if I could spot it. I couldn't. Apparantly, no one ever does.

2  Thank Robin1979
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

The Museo de la esmeralda is a great place in the Avianca Building in Bogota. You learn how the emeralds are mined etc and they have some excellent pieces. They have a lot of nice pieces and gifts you can buy.

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Reviewed November 25, 2011

On the 22nd Floor of the Avianca Building downtown. English speaking guide with a walk through a simulated Emerald Mine - with some glorious emerald jewellery and artifacts as well as an Emerald jewellery shop at the end of the trip

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