With the world’s largest collection of gold pieces, ceramics, textiles and crafts, the gold museum is a place that you must visit in Bogotá.
The exhibitions were completely renovated in 2008, in an enlarged building with magnificent architecture. The Gold Museum’s permanent exhibition invites you to discover the history of how gold and other metals were used by the pre-Hispanic societies who lived in the land today known as Colombia. It is displayed in four exhibition galleries and an exploration area, all of which you can visit in whatever order you prefer:
Describes the mining, smelting and metalworking processes that are behind every single metal object that is on display in the Gold Museum.
Not only the metalsmith but also the miner transformed the materials that nature offered, in order to create these timeless works of art, and they therefore deserve our fullest admiration. They were also thought of as wise men, and sometimes even as shamans, by their ancient communities.
Goldworking is the art of shaping objects out of precious metals. Goldsmiths materialised their skills and their knowledge of the physical and chemical characteristics of the metals in the wide variety of manufacturing techniques that were used in pre-Hispanic Colombian goldwork.
Cosmologies gave society and its surroundings a place in the universe. All things acquired a location and a meaning, and they were interwoven in a deep symbolism. According to myths, at the beginning of time the creators gave people all they needed for living.
The Cosmology and Symbolism gallery houses various Banco de la República Gold Museum masterpieces —admittedly, inside a vault, for safekeeping. But the value of what is kept there lies in the indigenous thought which gave those magnificent objects a meaning, a raison d’être.
Pre-Hispanic goldwork objects were more than mere ornaments, they were symbols of the religion of pre-Hispanic indigenous groups: shamanism.
The exhibition room on the third floor of the new Gold Museum deals with the meaning of this religious art, in a semi-dark environment where six cylindrical showcases connect heaven and earth. The Muisca Raft, the object which symbolises the ElDorado myth and ceremony, introduces the subject of the offering that was made by the chieftain or the shaman in order to encourage or restore equilibrium in the world.
Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm (last exit at 7:00 pm)
Sunday and holidays 10 a.m. to 4:00 pm (last exit at 5:00 pm)
Closed Mondays, including holiday Mondays.
Closed on January 1st, April 3rd, May 1st, Monday, July 20th October 25th (elections) and December 24th, 25th and 31th and the January 1st, 2016.
The Gold Museum offers free guided tours at the following times:
From Tuesday to Friday
In Spanish: 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm
In English: 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
In Spanish: 10:00 and 11:00 am, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm
In English: 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Each visit is a partial tour of the exhibits that are too broad to be viewed in detail at once. The visits are subject to space availability and are not designed for groups.
Sunday admission to the Gold Museum is free for everyone and no guided tours are offered due to the large influx of people.
The Gold Museum is closed on Mondays, including holiday Mondays.
Tuesday to Saturday, $4,000 COP
Holidays, $4,000 COP
Sunday admission is free for everyone.
- For children under the age of 12 years and adults over 60.
- For non-profit organizations with previous appointment.
- For members of the Friends of the Banco de la República Art Collections Foundation.
- For members of Indian communities.
- For ICOM card holders.