The Banco de la República Gold Museum has preserved archaeological collections that are a source of pride to all Colombians and are part of the country’s heritage. Museo del Oro is situated in one corner of Santander Park, between 6th Avenue and 16th Street, in Bogotá, Colombia. The permanent exhibition is bilingual, Spanish-English.
Opening times at the Bogotá Gold Museum are as follows.
- Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last exit 7.00 p.m.)
- Sundays and public holidays: 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last exit 5.00 p.m.)
- Closed on Mondays, including holiday Mondays.
- Open at public holiday times on 29 March and on the Friday 20 July, Tuesday 7 August and Saturday 8 December national holidays.
- Closed in 2018 on 1 January, 11 March (elections), 1 May, Good Friday (30 March), 27 May (elections), and 24, 25 and 31 December; also on 1 January 2019. Other closures may occur due to elections or other specific circumstances in the city or at the Museum, in which case details will be published on this website.
- Tuesday to Saturday: COP 4,000
- Public and national holidays: COP 4,000
- Admission is free for everyone on Sundays.
- For children under the age of 12 and adults over the age of 60. For members of indigenous groups. For school groups with a prior reservation. For members of the armed forces and police. For members of the Banco de la República Art Collections Foundation. For members of the Banco de la República Libraries Network. For ICOM members. For tour guides, on presentation of valid carnet accrediting status.
- For everyone on Sundays, on Friday 18 May (International Museum Day), and on Friday 20 July (national holiday).
Please obtain a ticket from the ticket office at the entrance to the Museum, even when you are entitled to free admission. Tickets can only be obtained there, and payment is in Colombian pesos only. They cannot be purchased in advance or online.
Your Visit to the Museum
There are four permanent exhibition galleries at the Gold Museum, and two more for temporary exhibitions. Texts relating to the permanent exhibitions are bilingual, in Spanish and English. Audio-guides in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese can be hired (COP 8,000) at the ticket office, so that you can tour the permanent exhibition galleries at your own pace. Free guided tours are available at certain times. A limited number of lockers are available where you can leave your packages, should you so wish.
The tour will take you at least one and a half hours, but you will find enough of interest to warrant spending two hours, or four, or even to return for many different visits. Don’t forget to visit the shop and to have a break in the restaurant or the café.
- Second floor. The Working of Metals gallery describes the mining and manufacturing techniques used by the ancient metallurgists.
- Second floor. The People and Gold in pre-Hispanic Colombia gallery explains how metals were used in the context of political and religious organisation.
- Third floor. The Cosmology and Symbolism gallery explores mythical themes, shamanism, and the symbology of metals.
- Third floor. The Offering gallery immerses visitors in the world of offering ceremonies. The tour of the permanent exhibition ends in this gallery.
We are currently renewing our exhibition in the temporary exhibition gallery on the first basement.
The Exploratorium, on the fourth floor, is an area that encourages interactivity and reflection on the diversity and meaning of the heritage that is preserved at the Museum.
The Gold Museum offers guided tours, the charge for which is included in the ticket price, at the following times.
From Tuesday to Friday
- In Spanish: 11.00 a.m., 3.00 and 4.00 p.m.
- In English: 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
- In Spanish: 10.00 and 11.00 a.m., 3.00 and 4.00 p.m.
- In English: 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
Each tour is a partial one of the exhibitions, since they are too extensive to be seen in detail on one visit. Tours are subject to places being available, and they are not designed for groups.
Get information on how to connect to the Wi-Fi network at the Information Point on the First Floor.
How to Get to the Museum
To travel to the city centre, take a Transmilenio bus in the Las Aguas direction and alight at Museo del Oro station.
If you plan to travel to the Gold Museum by car, you should arrive along 5th Avenue from the north. The Museum offers free parking for two hours for a limited number of vehicles (Carrera 5 No. 16-53, closed on Sundays and public holidays), and there are several commercial car parks in the area.
We regret to inform you that Banco de la República has temporarily banned the parking of bicycles by visitors to the Gold Museum. There is no service for motorcycles.
Seventh Avenue, Bogotá’s historic main thoroughfare, has been pedestrianised between 11th Street (Bolívar Square, Cathedral, El Sagrario Chapel) and 24th Street. Don’t miss visiting colonial-era San Francisco church, with its gold-coated altar, right opposite the Museum, then walk along 7th Avenue to 11th Street to see Bolívar Square and visit the Banco de la República Botero Museum and Miguel Urrutia Museum of Art (MAMU) (11th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues).
Accessibility and Inclusion
The Gold Museum has wheelchair access via the ramp at the entrance for groups on 16th Street.
The lift opposite the entrance to the restaurant serves all the permanent exhibitions (floors 2 and 3) and the café in basement - 1. The lift next to the wheelchair access entrance serves the permanent exhibitions and the temporary ones in basement - 2 (temporary exhibitions gallery) and on the fourth floor (Exploratorium gallery).
There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet on the first floor, opposite the Information Point.
A limited number of wheelchairs and chairs for small children are available free of charge at the Information Point.
If your group includes people with a visual or cognitive disability, we suggest you join one of the organised guided tours (see above); the Museum guide will provide a tour that is suitable for everyone. For deaf people, we offer thematic tours in Colombian sign language at 10.00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month and at 3.00 p.m. on the second Saturday in the month. Subjects change during the year, so a return visit is a good idea!
We are interested in welcoming organised groups from institutions that cater for the elderly, so write to us (see below).
Photographs, Video and Press
Photographing and video recording the exhibitions is permitted for private, but not for professional or commercial, use. Neither flash nor a tripod may be used. You may publish your images on social media, for non-commercial purposes. #museodeloro #hoyenelmuseodeloro
For professional photography or video recording, or if you are a journalist, prior authorisation is required from firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (571) 3432396 or (571) 3431377. Authorisations should be applied for at least two days in advance.
What those who have visited say
Address for correspondence:
Museo del Oro - Banco de la República
Carrera 7 No- 14-78, Piso 1
(Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)