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“Wonderful afternoon stroll”

Museo de Bellas Artes
Ranked #10 of 139 things to do in Caracas
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Owner description: One building houses two institutions: the National Art Gallery, with a large collection of Venezuelan art, and a museum, with art from around the world. The top floor terrace offers beautiful views of the city.
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Apart from the free museums (closed Mondays), the surrounding area is lovely and tranquil. It's nice to just relax on a stone bench, enjoying an ice cream, or contemplate away from the busy avenues. It's an easy, few blocks' walk from Bellas Artes metro station.

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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Hardly any new exhibitions poorly kept. Next to the natural science museum and next to parque los caobos, the ateneo and teatro teresa carreño. Should you have time to spare you could take a quick peek

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

Just bellow the museum there was a "designer's market" where most of the products were made by emerging companies with great talent

2  Thank Takhis
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

It was my first time in Caracas when a friend and I hung out at the Bellas Artes Gallery and stumbled upon a live performance of Venezuela Cuatro Cuerdas where we got to hear a sample of Venezuela's diversity in music: tambor, gaita, parranda, and llanero.

3  Thank BillSmith510
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Reviewed March 11, 2005

There is a great permanent collection of contemporary and 19th century art that is surprising in its diversity. The quality of the art exceeds what I have seen in comparable institutions in BsAs and Mexico City. Many of the contemporary artists show the influence of the art of the early 20th century in Europe but none of it is copy-cat. The historical paintings of the rich men and women who ruled vast estates are superb and capture the souls of these people making them seem familiar, while they remain aloof.

My favorite part of both institutions which share one small building is the gift shop of each. I was able to buy outstanding small sculptures. interesting collage and some beautiful jewelry. Very reasonable. I found these shops to be world class. No trinkets or stuff manufactured to appeal to museum goers. These were real pieces of quality art and craft. The people in the shops are extremely helpful. I want to go back with an empty suitcase and buy, buy, buy. But, aside from this, the art was outstanding, and I know good art from bad.

Caracas, while supposed to be dangerous, is a wonderful place with the greatest climate on earth.

5  Thank ritasueNewYorkCity
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