This is a selection of three museums in Cartagena de Indias, places full of history, with unique pieces that have marked the cultural and social evolution of Colombia.
This is a fun walking tour, since all of them are relatively close and most of them are located in Cartagena’s Historical Center. According to my experience, I recommend you start like this:
“Museo del Oro” (Gold Museum)
Crossing Bolívar Park you will come across the “Museo del Oro” (Gold Museum). Walking through the halls of this place visited by many tourists, you will find a complete collection of gold pieces, water and earth fabrics, the gold of the Caribbean plains, and some curious small pieces of human representation.
The tour through the different rooms is accompanied by a pedagogical animated presentation conducted by a historian, a linguist, a social communicator, and a person of “Zenú” origin, who share the story as a part of their daily life.
In this museum you will learn about the territory occupied by the “Zenúes” and the social aspects of this tradition. This culture highlighted the importance of women, embodied in a masterly way by the multiple representations of women, as the fundamental axis of social reproduction.
Finally, you will observe the collection of approximately 900 archaeological objects, divided into three rooms, and available to all visitors. Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday: From 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown, Cra. 4 # 33-26 Plaza de Bolívar.
Then head to “Calle del Estanco del Aguardiente” and get ready to visit the next museum…
“La Presentación, Casa Museo Arte y Cultura”
In this tour you can not miss a delicious cup of coffee to taste while admiring this exhibition of local, national and international artists. That is the way I started it, with a cappuccino in hand seeing the mysterious atmosphere of the first room of the museum, which has works with the technique of Chromaluxe on aluminum.
As I continued to the next room, I observed the technique of oil, photographs and more conceptual works. With great joy I finally arrived at the room where the piano is, and it is not a simple piano, "it is a tail one, the most beloved and most appreciated item by visitors". "If you like and you have the level, come and attend the piano club of the museum, open for all its visitors", is an invitation from the Director of the museum.
The museum also offers small concerts and recitals, set with the exhibition of the moment to combine these art forms.
It is a place in Cartagena with a peaceful and relaxed environment, where it is necessary to take a pause and sit on the patio to enjoy the breeze and the sound of the water fountain for a few minutes. Repeat this wonderful plan every three months if you want to appreciate the new exhibitions, and also see the private collection of works that each artist leaves behind. Schedule
Monday to Saturday: From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Calle Estanco del Aguardiente # 5-63. Historical Center.
Finally, walk to the El Cabrero neighborhood, to the southwest of the historic walled precinct of the city.
Casa Museo Rafael Núñez
This simple, spacious and fresh two-story wooden house located in the El Cabrero neighborhood near the sea, green and white, is full of the spirit of order, away from luxury but very elegant. It retains the simplicity and elegance of local historic figure Rafael Núñez, who repeated for several years the presidency of Colombia, and today is remembered through elements that remain intact, and are displayed in each of the rooms: Paintings, personal belongings and collections of art.
On the first floor you will find a comfortable patio, with a green grammage. You will also find the park of the muses and other restructured sites. Going up the stairs and reaching the second floor, there are different interesting areas, such as the library, the presidential office, the main room, the sleeping rooms and the meditation one.
It is a commitment to the history of Colombia and Cartagena to visit this pleasant house, which in large print allows us to read the Colombian anthem, whose author is Rafael Núñez.
This museum is garnished with balconies and on them the flags of Cartagena de Indias and Colombia are hoisted. In addition, from this museum there is a beautiful view of the walled city that you can enjoy.Schedule
Tuesday to Friday: Fron 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: From 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: El Cabrero neighborhood. Calle Real # 41-89.