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Museo Charcas (University Museum Colonial & Anthropological)

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Address: Bolivar 698 | Near the corner of Olañeta, Sucre, Bolivia
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+591 4 6453285

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A Good Museum to Visit to Complement Your Knowledge of Bolivia / Sucre - But Under Construction

This museum is a classic Bolivian museum in the sense that the presentations are not very creative and the descriptions not very in-depth. It's key that you get a guide to show... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2017
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

This museum is a classic Bolivian museum in the sense that the presentations are not very creative and the descriptions not very in-depth. It's key that you get a guide to show you around. On the first floor, one of my favorite paintings of Potosi hangs on the wall and there's some nice examples of relatively contemporary art. On the... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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Reviewed 21 April 2015 via mobile

I was hoping to find a museum with some contemporary passion for the Bolivian socialist revolution. Although there are a few interesting pieces, for the most part they play it too safe, and avoid the struggles of bolivianos. Upstairs is the usual anthropology: ancient bowls, fighting implements, mortar/pestles, and a few dead bodies. Nothing really special. The staff got upset... More 

Thank paxMind
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Reviewed 25 September 2014

I think that the museum has opted for quantity rather than quality. Large glass cabinets line a couple of the rooms and these are full of ceramics, a little difficult to see because of the reflections. It is possible to discover the era and the location of some of these finds but fuller descriptions of fewer articles would improve the... More 

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Visited the Anthropology section first. Found the skulls and artists impression of how person may have looked interesting. There's a lot of ceramics displayed in high cabinets which line the walls with descriptions in English and Spanish. The second room contains weapons and a few other things, and third room ha some mummies, skulls and at the end some textiles,... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

At the time of the visit, the Colonial and Ethnographic sections were closed. I and a group of students had asked for a guide, in Spanish, who rushed us through the rooms because she obviously had better things to do than her job. I ended up dumping her to go back and read the panels (Spanish and English), which were... More 

Thank Patricia C
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

Contrary to our guidebook, I preferred the contemporary art in this particular museum, although the highlight was still the 17th (18th?) century painting of Cerro Rico and Potosi. A variety of mummies and lots of excavated pottery. Too bad I'm not an anthropologist.

Thank boliviaspurs
Murphy, Texas
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Reviewed 4 January 2013

Found this place accidentally--and even then, I had to go back there twice to find out when it was open. When I finally got there though at the right time, I was very pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of interesting art work and artifacts, and I was surprised that it wasn't more crowded. But I felt that this gave... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

This is in fact 3 sites in one: museo colonial charcas, museo antropologico and galeria arte contemporaneo. When I visited they were refurbishing the Museo Charcas. However, the entrance fee (20bs.) which gets you into all 3 sites is still a bargain. This is the first museum that I have visited in South America, and I have been to quite... More 

1 Thank Wanderings75
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

There are some interesting things in the museum, including some mummies and deformed skulls. There is also a nice collection of colonial and modern paintings. Unfortunately, these paintings are in desperate need of restoration. The archaeology section is definitely dated and is kept like a museum from the 19th century. It has quite boring displays in many of the wooden... More 

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