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Museo Charcas (University Museum Colonial & Anthropological)
Ranked #30 of 65 things to do in Sucre
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Tampa, Florida
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95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 much more informative. The gallery of contemporary art downstairs is uneven.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Standard fare”
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited December 2012
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Murphy, Texas
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225 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Very interesting and eclectic”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 me a greater appreciation of the region than any other activity in Sucre.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
“Finally a decent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 a few, where someone has actually thought about the presentation. The artefacts are ordered in a good chronological order with various themes (pottery, weapons, textiles, costumes, etc. rather than being thrown together in some random mish mash that doesn´t make sense and have descriptions in both Spanish and English. The art gallery is equally well ordered from colonial portraits through to modern art and contains some interesting pieces. Finally a museum worth visiting.

Visited November 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1,100 reviews
654 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 464 helpful votes
“Old fashioned museum in need of a facelift”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 cabinets. A facelift would do it the world of good.

I did feel that my 20BOB was helping a good cause and I hope that the museum is able to preserve what they have.

Visited January 2012
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