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Museo del Oro - Gold Museum

Listed under Museums in Bogotá, Colombia.

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South America was once thought of as being the land of lost golden cities and untold riches hidden in lush jungle. Some of these tales turned out to be tall but some of them are true, proven by the artefacts on display at the Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum. The collection follows the people who lived in what is now Colombia from about 2,500 years ago up until the European invasion. That’s not just the Incas, who most of us associate with great wealth in gold, but also the Choco, Muisca, Tumaco and Uraba. It’s an extraordinarily large selection of pre-Hispanic gold which was begun with a single piece, the Poporo Quimbaya, an object used in rituals involving chewing coca leaves. This one item was bought by the Bank of the Republic who wanted to preserve it, and the collection grew from there. The museum is still owned by the bank, and it’s swelled in size to include around 50,000 pieces. One of the other pieces many people may recognise is a golden raft with figures on it which is on display in The Offering room.

The exhibitions begin with an explanation of metalworking techniques and several offerings for understanding the value of gold in these societies over time, but it’s not all gold and metalwork, the museum also includes pieces made from wood, stone, shell, pottery and woven fibres or fabrics.

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