Museums in Santa marta

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There are three museums of interest in Santa Marta.

Museo de Oro

The Museo de Oro (Gold Museum) is located is located in a fine colonial mansion known as the Casa de la Aduana (Customs House). It has an interesting collection of Tayronan objects such as pottery and gold. The Tayrona were the dominant and most developed indigenous group during the pre-Columbian period. They had over 300 settlements, of which Ciudad Perdida (the "Lost City") was the largest as well the capital. The Museo do Oro has an impressive model of Ciudad Perdida. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:00-11:45 a.m. and 2:00-4:45 p.m.

Museo Bolivarino

La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is the hacienda where Simon Bolivar spent his final days. The hacienda was used for cultivating and processing sugarcane, and contains a sugar mill and distillery. The Museo Bolivarino, located on the hacienda, features works of art donated by Latin American artists, particularly from countries liberated by Bolivar including Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4.00.

Acuario and Museo del Mar

The Acuario and Museo del Mar (Aquarium and Museum of the Sea) is located two kilometers from El Rodadero beach, and is accessible by motorboat. The aquarium has a variety of marine species as well as a dolphin show for tourists. The museum features exhibits of dissected specimens, nautical equipment, and Inca ceramics. The aquarium and museum are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Acuario and Museo del Mar is $5.00, and the cost of the boat trip to get there is $3.00.



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