There is no better way to understand Colombia’s story and diversity than through its world-class museums. From the wisdom of indigenous cultures to the magnificence of its original and creative modern works, the country has told much of its story through art and gathered one of the most valuable collections in Latin America.
Colombia’s only museum church, Santa Clara is one of the most stunning and representative colonial-era buildings in the whole of Bogotá. It was built between 1619 and 1647 and is home to hundreds of paintings, colonial-period statues and works of art. It costs around a dollar to visit, so there’s no real excuse for skipping this jewel of Colombian colonial-era architecture.
The Museum of Art Miguel Urrutia (also known as the Museum of Art of the Bank of the Republic) is part of the Bank’s extensive collection. It showcases not only pieces from Colombia, but also from the rest of Latin America and the world. Its permanent collection gathers works of art that date from the 16th century until today, and its temporary exhibitions have proved to be of exquisite taste and incredible value. It is connected to the Museo de la Moneda, another museum worth a visit, which houses the first gold coins of Latin America.