• LOCATION 17 | La Macarena to Parque Nacional

    Museo Nacional

    This big stone construction on your right is the Museo Nacional, the national museum. Stop on the corner while I tell you about it.


    The museum dates from 1823, and was originally in another location. It has been located at this building since 1948 when the collection of art, history, archeology and ethnography was transferred here.

    This building was built in 1874. It was previously a jail called El Panóptico that functioned as a penitentiary till 1946.
    This was where the most dangerous criminals in Colombia were kept.
    In 1946 the inmates were transferred to a replacement jail. The adaptation then began to transform it into a museum.

    It opened its doors to the public in 1948. Since then it has been part of the cultural life of the city.
    Its collection includes pre-Columbian art, as well as the biggest iconographic collection of Simón Bolívar. There are many archeological treasures and an art selection of the most important Colombian plastic artists.
    The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM.

    When you're ready to move on, continue walking straight.

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