Museums Walk in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz

Being a tropical city with great climate, most view Sant Cruz as mainly an outdoors activities destination. However, this city has a lot of history and art as well. Santa Cruz features over 30 small museums and art galleries that may delight your eyes with impressive works by national and international artists. Take this tour to the best museums and art centers in Santa Cruz.
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Museums Walk in Santa Cruz Map

Guide Name: Museums Walk in Santa Cruz
Guide Location: Bolivia » Santa Cruz (See other walking tours in Santa Cruz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: DanaU
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Santa Cruz Ethno-Folkloric Museum

1) Santa Cruz Ethno-Folkloric Museum

The Santa Cruz Ethno-Folkloric Museum is temporarily closed, but is scheduled to soon re-open in a new light. It is located in Parque El Arenal, which is a popular tourist attraction itself. The museum aims to emphasize the history of the native population, it features fascinating collections of tools and artifacts used by the native people of Eastern Bolivia. You can find a selection of weapons, tools, musical instruments, some traditional masks, typical costumes, and much more.

Santa Cruz Ethno-Folkloric Museum does not charge an entrance fee, but donations are welcome.

Working hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – noon; 3 pm – 6pm.
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Regional Museum of History

2) Regional Museum of History

The Regional Museum of History is housed in a beautiful building that was once the home of an established Santa Cruz family. The building was appropriated by the government and used for various purposes for a while, and eventually turned into a museum. Today, the museum has three permanent exhibitions; one of them features documents and pictures related to Chiquitano Culture. They show the way Guaraní, Ayoreo, Guarayos, Chané and others who lived in harmony with nature, as well as their deep knowledge of plants. The second exhibition displays items found during the excavation of the Bolivia-Brazil pipeline. These include pieces of the pre-Hispanic cultures. The third is the museum library, but can only be viewed with permission from the curators.

There is no admission fee at the museum. It works from Monday to Friday, 8 am to noon and 3 pm to 6 pm.
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Independence Museum of Santa Cruz

3) Independence Museum of Santa Cruz

Located at the corner of Plaza 24 de Septiembre, the Independence Museum of Santa Cruz was founded by the Society of Geographic and Historical Studies in 2010. The society aimed to highlight the contribution of the citizens of Santa Cruz to the independence of Bolivia. The museum was created with funds from the Society and some private donations. It is housed in the lower part of the Brigada Parlamentaria and features collections of documents, clothes and all kinds of artifacts of the period.
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Museum of Sacred Art

4) Museum of Sacred Art (must see)

Founded 25 years ago by priest Monseñor Carlos Gericke Reiche, the Museum of Sacred Art is located inside the Basilica Menor de San Lorenzo, in the Plaza 24 de Septiembre. The museum features impressive collections of religious paintings, sculptures, golden and silver relics, and other items dating as far back as 1600. Also, there is a selection of precious gems and metals, and robes worn by priests several centuries ago.

The museum is divided into three sections, each displaying items on specific topics. The first room, called the Wood Room, specializes in wooden sculptures, furniture, and many more. The second section features robes embroidered in gold, dating from the 17th century. The last room displays gold and silver pieces, including crowns, candelabras, shields, and others.

Admission fee: Bs. 5 for students and children, Bs. 10 for adults.

Working hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10 am – 12 noon and 2:30 pm – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 12 noon and 2:30 pm – 8 pm.
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Museum of Modern Art

5) Museum of Modern Art

Located a few blocks from the Plaza 24 de Septiembre, the Museum of Modern Art is housed in an old colonial building that was once used as barracks and later as a school. The building has a large open courtyard in the middle, just as many buildings dating from the 1600's used to have. The building has 10 rooms, but a only a few of them are used for the gallery. Inside the museum, you can see the works of national and international artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. There are no permanent displays, thus there is always something new to be admired. The museum has no entry fee and does allow photography, but without flash.

Operation hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 12 noon, and 3 pm – 7 pm.
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Santa Cruz Cultural Center

6) Santa Cruz Cultural Center

Located on René Moreno Street, a few blocks from the main plaza, the Santa Cruz Cultural Center is the largest cultural center in Bolivia. It was built in 2009 and is used for various concerts, art exhibitions and many other cultural events.

Santa Cruz Cultural Center is open from Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 12 noon and 5 pm – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday 5 pm – 8 pm.

The new cultural center will be used for art exhibits, concerts and many other cultural events.
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Noel Kempff Mercado Museum of Natural History

7) Noel Kempff Mercado Museum of Natural History

Noel Kempff Mercado Museum of Natural History was named after renown Bolivian biologist and conservationist, Noel Kempff. It is a small museum, but features a wide variety of items on display. It specializes in animal and plant specimens, minerals and gems. The museum also features an impressive taxidermy collection of birds, insects and animals typical of Eastern Bolivia.

The museum also has its own laboratory, specialized library and a permanent exhibition of photographs related to biodiversity.

Operation hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 noon and 3 pm – 6:30 pm. Admission fee: Adults Bs. 1.00, children Bs. 0.50.

The Noel Kempff Mercado Museum of Natural History in Santa Cruz, Bolivia houses animal and plant specimens, minerals and gems, a Spatial Analysis Laboratory, a specialized library, an auditorium, and a permanent biodiversity photography exhibit.

Walking Tours in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Cruz

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Cruz

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santa Cruz is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Landmarks Walk in Santa Cruz

Landmarks Walk in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the most populous city and the heart of the second most populous metropolitan area in Bolivia, as well as the capital of the department of Santa Cruz. If you get the opportunity to go to Santa Cruz, your visit will not be complete without exploring its main sights. Take this self-guided walking tour to the best landmarks of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Santa Cruz for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santa Cruz has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santa Cruz, 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.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


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.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.