Museum of Gold!

Located in downtown Bogotá, this museum is a must-see for anyone coming to Columbia and/or South America.

Mike and Sarah in Front of the Museum of Gold
Sarah and I in our 90’s

Following seven weeks in Columbia with almost zero information on how indigenous peoples lived, our thirst to learn was high!

Soldier frogs

This museum houses the largest collection of South and Central American gold artifacts in the world, with over 55,000 pieces. Not just a bling palace, this museum provides a comprehensive history of the evolution of the use of gold, copper, platinum, and silver, plus pottery dating back to 4,000 B.C.  And the source of this technology was the Bogota plateau, here in Colombia.

Nightmare before Christmas-y?

Comparing technologies between Native American civilizations in the Southwestern United States to those in South America was personally fascinating. First created in at least 4,000 B.C., pottery in Columbia evolved almost 5,000 years before pottery in the areas now labled the Southwest, USA (A.D. 750 and A.D. 800).

A very basic knowledge of metallurgy was in place by around 1,000 B.C., mostly consisted of melting ores, heating and cooling them to temper the metal, and hammering the metals into the desired shape. Other metals such as copper, platinum, and silver. were incorporated with gold to produce more desireable properties, such as durability, flexability, shininess, etc.

Mischevious mouse: The personality of the artist came through loud and clear with some of these pieces.
Pottery in Columbia was first produced in 4,000 B.C. (a.C. = antes de Cristo, or before Christ), almost 5 millenia before potery in the Southwestern United States.

So why go here? With the price of admission coming in at a staggering $0.86, the people-watching and the overpriced roasted chile corn out front more than paid the price. Given that we stayed for over two hours and never made it past the 2nd of 4 floors should give you an indication that there is something for everyone. Do not pass this one up!

See the Museo del Oro website:

More of our favorite pieces with character:

Old man pottery
South American Golumn from The Hobbit?
Big Foot Frog

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