Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2, Bogota (Self Guided)

Bogota is quite rich in museums, many of them related to its national cultural heritage. It is worth visiting the Regional Costume Museum to observe Colombian ethnic garments and the Botero Museum in order to appreciate the artist's unique "obese" style. It is also nice to see the Colonial Art Museums to embrace Colombian art diversity, and the Archaeology and Bogota Museums to view the city and the country from their very beginnings. Don't hesitate to see them all!
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Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Bogota Famous Museums, Part 2
Guide Location: Colombia » Bogota (See other walking tours in Bogota)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Author: ChristineT
Museo Arqueologico

1) Museo Arqueologico (must see)

Bogota Archaeology Museum is located in the 17th century colonial house of Marqués de San Jorge, who appeared to be the first Creole to receive a noble title. The house became a museum in 1970, exposing archaeological items from ancient, pre-Colombian times. The museum features naïve ceramic art of the most representative Columbian Indian cultures that ruled the territory before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. There are pieces of ceramics from the Calima, Chimila, Muiscas, Sinu, Tolima and Tumaco. The museum also displays permanent exhibitions of archaeological, anthropological and scientists thematics, like oil paintings from colonial times and various photographs depicting Indians and their current lifestyles, objects and items used in everyday life (clothing, pots, tools and hunting weapons).

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday,Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Museo de Trajes Regionales

2) Museo de Trajes Regionales

The Regional Costume Museum is located in the house of Manuela Sáenz, who used to be Simon Bolivar's girlfriend and a faithful comrade. The Museum was founded by anthropologist Edith Jiménez de Muñoz. He opened the museum in 1972, and since then he has collected and preserved the national memory, through costumes and fashions that used characters from the national history, from indigenous costumes and past colonial fashion and clothing of other Republicans. It has a vast collection of traditional costumes and garments, coming from all the Colombia regions, covering various historical periods. Each of these represents fashion clothing, different social positions and climates in the country. The collection is enhanced by a complete sample of Colombian fabrics (wool, cloth, jute, rubber, leather).

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm; Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Museo de Arte Colonial

3) Museo de Arte Colonial (must see)

The Colonial Art Museum is one of the most refined art museums of Bogota, located in the former Colegio Máximo, a typical two-storey Hispanic building of the 17th century, merging with the next door House of Pastors. It houses the most complete collection of everyday objects, paintings, drawings, sculptures, reliefs and works in gold and silver produced between the 16th and 18th centuries. You might also find here paintings by Miguel de Santiago, Gregorio Vásquez, Bernardo Legarda, various religious sculptures from Mexico and Central America, oil paintings and drawings from Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, and even European antique musical instruments. Colonial Art Museum is also a place for understanding the concept of a civil portrait in 17th-18th century New Granada. The characters depicted on the portraits can take a tour through the symbolic value of power, giving accounts on clothing, jewelry, virtues and other qualities, and most of all, the importance of "earning" a portrait.
Museo Militar

4) Museo Militar

The Military Museum of Bogota is located in the heart of the La Candelaria neighbourhood, in the 18th century historic building that belonged to Antonio Ricaurte, a hero of the Independence War. The museum was opened in 1982 by Luis Carlos Camacho, at the time serving as Minister of Defense. The museum showcases a vast collection of accessories, weapons, automobiles, uniforms and various elements that frame the historical and technical evolution of the Colombian Army, Navy and the Air Force. You can also see the dioramas and the audio-visual system that show the Battle of Pantano de Vargas (July 25, 1819). Admission is free on Mondays.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 09:00 - 16:00; Saturday, Sunday and Monday (holidays): 10:00 - 16:00.
Casa de la Moneda

5) Casa de la Moneda (must see)

The Numismatic Museum is located in an old, 1753 colonial house, which became a museum in 1996 with one of the most complete numismatic collections of Colombia. In this house in 1622, the first golden coins in all of America were minted. The 10 museum's rooms will take you on a journey through the history of Colombia, highlighting the relevant facts of the national life, the history of the building and the technical processes involved in the production of coins and the historical context in which those circulated. Admission is free and visitors receive tokens – special commemorative "moneda".

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museo Botero

6) Museo Botero (must see)

Botero Museum is located in a historic colonial house, built in 1724. Opened in 2000, the museum houses a large collection of works donated by artist Fernando Botero with the intention of spreading the arts and culture in his native country. On the display are 87 works coming from his own art collection and 123 works are of the artist himself. Several rooms are devoted to European artists of the late 19th and early 20th century, covering impressionism, surrealism, expressionism, German New Objectivity and works close to Cubism. Another part is devoted to the American avant-garde art of the mid-20th century. Botero's personal works include numerous paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures, especially during his last twenty years. Within the collection is highlighted Botero's version of the "Mona Lisa" by da Vinci and a part of the series on violence in Colombia. Botero's paintings and sculptures are united in style by their proportionally amplified, or "obese" figures.
Museo de Arte del Banco de la República

7) Museo de Arte del Banco de la República

The Republican Art Museum opened in 2004 as a new art venue, located within a block south of the Luis Angel Arango Library, in the historic center of Bogotá. The three-story “white box” building in the middle of the colonial entourage was designed by architect Enrique Triana Uribe Bogotá who, for this project, received the National Architecture Award in 2006. In a large room of 500 square meters, located on the second floor, is a permanent exhibition, dedicated to twentieth century Latin American and European art. The third floor is reserved for temporary exhibitions of contemporary American art.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Museo de Bogotá

8) Museo de Bogotá

The Bogota Museum is located in a historic colonial house, former residence of Juan Samano, built in 1780. Originally, it was opened in 1969 as the Museum of Urban Development, which lived through several transformations, settling in 2009 in the recently renovated Samano house. The museum traces the history of the development of Bogota, from the time of its foundation to the present megapolis. The museum shows the city's first phase – a small village at the time of the Conquest, including the foundation, the map with the route of the conquerors and the location of the various native tribal settlements. It then leads to the colonial city of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries, dominated by the spirit of devotion and religiosity, leaving Hispanic buildings, churches, chapels and cloisters. The modern era is exposed through documents, drawings, prints, engravings, models and photographs, depicting the transformation of urban scape, adding new contemporary buildings and environment.
Museo de las Ciencias Naturales La Salle

9) Museo de las Ciencias Naturales La Salle

La Salle Science Museum of Bogota is located at the modern-looking headquarters of the University La Candelaria de La Salle. It was founded in 1910. The museum is a true window in Colombian biodiversity. The permanent exhibition allows visitors to approach the country's biological diversity through several wildlife dioramas. The museum's third floor exhibits stuffed animals of various species from all the corners of Colombia and around the world, carefully classified by region and their natural habitat.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm/ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bogota, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

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Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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