About the Museum

Welcome to the National Museum of Colombia. Founded on July 28, 1823, it is the oldest in the country. Since its creation as a natural history museum and school of mines, its collections have been exhibited in different venues in Bogota. In 1948, the collections came to this building, formerly the Central Penitentiary of Cundinamarca, also known as the "Panopticon".

The National Museum’s Gardens

Transformation of the Museum's two interior courtyards began in 1948, with the transfer of the collections to this building that formerly served as a prison. The old prison courtyards became gardens and a variety of species were planted around several fountains.

Your visit

For information regarding the galleries and educational and cultural activities, enquire at the information desk in the lobby, or ask the museum guides (wearing red vests).

First floor

first floor

Work Space and Visible Ethnography Storage Area

| Gallery Number 5 |

The gallery in which you now stand is comprised of two spaces that illustrate the work performed by the Museum's technical staff.

"The Goldsmith's Trade" Vault

| Gallery Number 6 |

This gallery currently houses the "Goldsmith's Trade" exhibition, illustrating the techniques used in metalwork in Colombia since pre-Hispanic times.

Third floor

first floor

Republic of Colombia (1886-1910)

| Gallery Number 15 |

This gallery explores the transformation of Colombian society, economy, and culture during the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Ideologies, Art, and Industry (1910-1948)

| Gallery Number 16 |

This gallery highlights the political, social, cultural and economic processes that took place during the first half of the 20th century, providing viewers with an opportunity to reflect on the different ideas and projects aimed at modernizing the country.


| Gallery Number 17 |

In this gallery you'll find a sample of Colombian art from the second half of the 20th century created by renowned artists born at the beginning of this century. These artists were interested in new topics, techniques and materials and gave rise to a new aesthetic, in which experimentation and self-expression played a key role.