Three museums to visit in Bogota, Colombia

1. The Gold Museum

DSC_8810This is a must-see museum in Bogota. The museum has artifacts made of gold that shows how advanced techniques were that the people in Colombia used to work with metals and gold. Entrance is 3000COP and it’s free on Sundays. We went on a Sunday, but it was so busy that it might just be better to go in the week when there are less people.

2. The National museumDSC_8508DSC_8503The museum is inside an old prison building. In some spaces you are hardly aware that the building was a jailhouse, but other spaces has a definite sense of a prison.  DSC_8348DSC_8364DSC_8376DSC_8380In one exhibition hall this drawing, made by a prisoner years ago, remained on the wall:DSC_8389The museum offers a bit of every thing: Political history, art, history about the rich colonial times and the lives of indigenous tribes. Entrance is free. There is an exhibition about the mummification of dead bodies that used to be a ritual in Colombia. I enjoyed the collection of ceramic objects and shaman masks.DSC_8339 DSC_8341  There is a beautiful collection of coins and gold objects.DSC_8352   The museum has a great collection of modern art, even a few Botero’s (a famous Colombian sculptor and painter):DSC_8377  The courtyards are incredibly beautiful; I wouldn’t mind being held here if this was the view I looked out on:DSC_8390The museum is located in the beautiful Macarena area, so take a walk around to look at some funky restaurants and colourful houses when you are in the area.

3. The Museum of Modern Art

It is not a big museum and it has a disappointing collection of contemporary art. Entrance is 4,000COP. This table sculpture was the most exciting contemporary item: DSC_8539During my visit I got acquainted with the works of two Colombian artists: the Impressionist painter Andres de Santa Maria and photographer Fernando Cano. The highlight of my excursion was actually to see the building that was designed by Rogelio Salmona, a well known Colombian Architect. The building was designed in the fifties.DSC_8525 The exhibition halls are wide and spacious and the staircase forms a focal point on each floor in the open exhibition spaces.DSC_8527 DSC_8530DSC_8543 There are fun hidden balconies in the museum where you can stand and watch over the exhibition spaces. The building has large windows that offer beautiful views to its surrounds:DSC_8556 DSC_8569

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