To step into a museum is to take time out to get to know and understand the memories and idiosyncrasies of a culture through its artistic representations. Bogotá is home to more than 50 museums and these are just some of our recommendations.
Featuring works of art from renowned international artists as well as Colombian master Fernando Botero, whose generous donation has created one of Latin America’s most significant modern art collections.
MUSEO SANTA CLARA
On top of being one of the city’s architectural gems, this colonial-era temple and convent for the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare is home to a vast collection of religious art from the 17th century.
MUSEO DE ARTE MIGUEL URRUTIA (MAMU)
Get up close with some of the iconic works of visual art from the national and international scene at this stop on the ‘Manzana Cultural’, a network of museums in the La Candelaria neighborhood that offer free entry.
This museum’s mission is to showcase the plethora of interpretations of modern art, with a permanent collection of over 3,000 works of art from Colombian and international artists.
MUSEO DEL ORO
Boasting the world’s largest collection of Pre-Columbian ceramics and gold handicrafts, this stunning museum’s main attractions include the Quimbaya flask and the Muisca raft, an impressive representation of the legend of El Dorado.
Set inside the imposing structure of what was once a prison, this museum is now home to over 20,000 pieces, ranging from art to archaeological and anthropological treasures, all of which intertwine to recount the story of Colombia.