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Review of Museo Nacional

Museo Nacional
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Private Bogota City Tour
Ranked #10 of 322 things to do in Bogota
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Colombia's oldest museum holds a vast collection of archeological artifacts, as well as modern art. The building itself is interesting—it's a former prison and many of the galleries are inside former prison cells.
San Fernando, California
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Great museum to see the development of the indigenous people and how the Spanish Conquest arrested that development. I found the museum well organized and very, very clean. If you love history, this should be your first tourist stop. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Visited March 2013
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Barichara, Colombia
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“an ancient buiding, where national history and the planet's merge”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

the museum houses a large collection of Colombian historical elements, which sometimes gives way to spectacular exhibits that come across the oceans to show Bogota inhabitants and other Colombian that come to the capital-city to see what other cultures are capable of... I can think of three star-shows: the tarracotta warriors from China, the Chan-Chan Peruvian civilization, and recently, the Greek urns.

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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342 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I visited on a Sunday and was surprised to see that the queue was around the building. After inquiring at the front door, I was told that the queue was for the temporary exhibition, When I said I just wanted to see the permanent exhibition, I was waved through. There was no entrance fee. I started from the bottom to the top. Everything is labeled in Spanish, but there are some English language guides available for some of the galleries. The museum provided great insight into Colombian history and I'm glad I made this my first stop in a day-long self-guided walk around Bogota. La Candelaria and Museo de Oro was a nice 15 minute walk away on Carrera 7, and I even got to enjoy the lively street performances and vendors during my walk.

Visited September 2013
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Wellington, New Zealand
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8 reviews
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“Pure history...”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Centraly located, this museum is a real window to display the Colombian history. May be before to visit any other museum, it will be a good beggining to go to the National Museum first to understand more of the historical context of the country. Also, this museum offers very important itinerant collections such as Picasso some years ago, or the Ancient Greece collection this year, so if you are lucky it will possible to attend one of these.

Visited July 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Interesting museum, includes a recital hall.”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

The museum is hard to find, not in the tourist section of town, but worth the trip. The building used to be a jail, and still reflects this when you are in it. Just as we were about to leave, we came accross a recital hall just inside the main door. An incredible young man from the National University was playing a piano recital on a full sized Steinway grand. Incredible!!! If you go, be sure to check out this area and see if a concert is scheduled.

Visited June 2013
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