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Bogotá - El Museo del Oro

As mentioned before, at the end of my journey through Colombia I regretted not to have seen more of the ancient civilizations.
Some very interesting pre-Columbian sites are located in the south of the country. For instance near San Agustin and Tierradentro. But Colombia is a very huge country and it’s not possible to go everywhere in 24 days ...
Another famous site is Ciudad Perdida in the north. But the trek to these ruins isn’t easy for an older guy like me. Honestly it’s very difficult with the hot and humid climate near the Caribbean Sea.

Which is easy for everyone, of course, is a visit of the Museo del Oro (Museum of Gold) in the historic centre of Bogotá.

The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys.
Also pottery, stone, shell, wood and textile archaeological objects are displayed.
All together the museum has a collection of 55.000 pieces of which 6.000 pieces are on display.

The main room is called ‘People and Gold in pre-Hispanic Colombia’.
In glass cases it displays the goldsmith work of the different cultures which inhabited Colombia before the Spanish arrived.
The room is divided into different halls for every culture: Calima, Quimbaya, Muisca, Zenú, Tierradentro, San Agustín, Tolima, Tairona and Urabá.

You should definitely not forget to visit this Museo del Oro. Remember that it receives around 500.000 visitors per year. However, in every hall I had enough time and space to view and photograph the objects.

Data and figures from Wikipedia.

Archeologists have traced 15.000 years of history on the high plains, the mountain slopes and in the inter-Andean valleys of the Eastern Cordillera.
For 10.000 years groups of humans lived by hunting.
About 5.000 years ago they gradually changed their means of subsistance and took up agriculture and pottery.
After the Spanish arrived in 1536 these civilizations perished.

Information from the Museo del Oro.

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