Museo del Oro
Of all the museums in Bogotá, the Museo del Oro has a very specific, and sparkly, focus – this museum is all about gold and from a purely aesthetic perspective, it’s stunning. A life-sized conch made entirely of gold sits alongside beautiful jewellery (including nose pieces), masks and headpieces. But while you can get bored simply staring at pretty objects, Museo del Oro focuses on a fascinating anthropological perspective. The gallery is divided into sections that portray different indigenous cultures including the Zenu, Tolima, Calima and Uraba, and how each group mined and sculpted their gold. The audio guide is a worthwhile addition and focuses on some of the more culturally-significant pieces in the museum, such as the Muisca’s golden raft. The museum also reconstructs La Ciudad Perdida, the lost city of Taironas discovered in 1975, and includes a few Colonial pieces studded with emeralds and diamonds.