Colombia Museums. Colombia’s wide range of museums reflects the rich diversity of the country’s cultural and geographical landscapes.
Colombia’s wide range of museums reflects the rich diversity of the country’s cultural and geographical landscapes. Many of these museums also offer engaging insight into the intriguing history of this South American country, taking visitors on a journey through time that begins long before the arrival of the Spanish in the region.
The artistic legacy of Colombian arts featured in The Gold Museum in Bogotá includes intricate works of gold that recall a time when indigenous masters crafted fascinating figures of incalculable value that inspired legendary tales of a gold filled lake called El Dorado. The nearby National Museum of Colombia, curiously housed in a former prison, displays everything from ancient to modern art, works that tell the tale of the country’s past and present, from antiquity, through the age of the Spanish conquest, independence from Spain, and up to today. Anyone more interested in Colombia’s vibrant history can also check out the July 20th Independence Museum in Bogotá.
Those more interested in modern art are encouraged to visit the Museum of Antioquia in Medellín, where a gallery dedicated to the paintings of Fernando Botero exhibits over 100 works. The Botero Musuem in Bogotá also displays over 100 pieces created by Botero. The Medellín Museum of Modern Art and the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art are also great places to explore the rich contemporary expressions of Colombia.
Visiting museums in Colombia is an ideal way for art lovers, history buffs and anyone interested in the country, to appreciate the artifacts and artworks that best represent the region and the dramatic changes that have occurred here over the ages.