Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu) Tours

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Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu)
Opened in 1982, Cartagena's Gold Museum (Museo de Oro Zenu) is dedicated to Colombia's indigenous Zenu people. Housed in a grand colonial building facing the Plaza Bolivar, the first room greets visitors with a pre-Hispanic golden jaguar and an ornate gold filigree butterfly. In fact, there are 538 gold pieces to see, as well as 61 carvings, including bone carvings, which you'll find in the next room — La Sociedad — dedicated to the body painting and textile traditions of the Zenú.

The final exhibit, La Epoca Hidráulico, profiles the Zenú people's hydraulic engineering feats. It's estimated that, up to 2,500 years ago, half a million hectares of Panzenu land was cultivated with the aid of a vast network of hand-excavated canals that ran up to 4km long and 10 meters wide, making them some of the largest man-made features in the Americas. Cartagena’s Gold Museum also has an onsite bookshop and auditorium. 

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The Gold Museum is on Carrera 4 in Centro. Info plaques are in French, Spanish, and English. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm (closed 1-2pm). On Sundays and holidays, it's open from 10am-4pm. Entrance is free. 
Address: Carrera 4, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia, Colombia
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm (Closed 1pm-2pm), Sun & Holidays 10am-4pm
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