Museums are a staple of any good tourist’s agenda. Explore five of Bogota’s most remarkable museums to appreciate the past, present and future of this progressive city.
Located in the city center, the Botero Museum is a must-see. The museum is a colonial mansion housing a collection of 208 paintings donated by Fernando Botero to the Bank of the Republic, 123 by Botero himself and 85 by international artists Botero admired. It is considered one of the most important collections of international art in Latin America. Admission is free so make sure you don’t miss this important cultural site on your next #BogotaNonStop.
Colombia’s history is complex and rich. The National Museum is the perfect place to get a glimpse of the evolution of this beautiful country. With artifacts dating back to 10,000 B.C., the museum is full of gems from every period of Colombian history. The museum does not have bilingual descriptions but it’s still worth a visit.
Colombians rich history can also be found in its art. Bogota’s Gold Museum showcases indigenous art and archeological artifacts from the different societies that populated Colombia before the Spanish conquest. Spread across four floors, it features 55,000 pieces with both Spanish and English descriptions. It is one the most important museums on the continent.
If you’re visiting Monserrate, detour to this little piece of history. After Colombia gained independence, Simon Bolivar lived in this colonial home. Today, this house has been converted into a museum about Simon Bolivar’s life and achievements. This great little museum is a journey back in time and into the life of an important figure in Latin American history.
From emeralds to coffee, Colombia is a nation rich in natural beauty. The Botanical Gardens of Bogota are a sanctuary in the chaotic bustle of the city, which showcases the very best of Colombian flora and fauna. Featuring plants from the Páramo and Andean ecosystems, you’ll love the variety of vegetation spread across almost 20 acres. Among the noteworthy aspects of the garden, we recommend you explore the orchid collection, the artificial waterfall and its surrounding greenery and the sun clock.
Explore these 5 museums on your next #BogotaNonStop to experience the best of Colombia’s history, culture and art.