El Museo del Oro – The Museum of Gold in Bogotá

The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys, such as Tumbaga, and contains the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world.

The Museum of Gold – El Museo del Oro in Bogotá / Image: via viajandox.com.co

The museum has a collection of pottery, stone, shell, wood and textile objects, these items, made of a– to indigenous cultures – sacred metal, testify to the life and thought of the different societies which lived in present-day Colombia before the Spanish conquest of the Americas.

On the second floor the main room is called “People and Gold in pre-Hispanic Colombia”. In glass vitrines display goldsmiths’ work from the different cultures which inhabited Colombia before the Spanish colonists arrived.

Sala de la Ofrenda in Gold Museum / Image: via banrepcultural.org

On the third floor is a Cosmology and Symbolism room, which explores the mythical themes, shamanism and metal symbolism. In addition, on the third floor is an offering room that immerses the visitor in the world of offering ceremonies.

Featured Image: The Muisca raft, an artistic figure of pre-Columbian gold votive / Image: unknown, via Pinterest

Websites: banrepcultural.org/museo-del-oro

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