The Museo del Oro is awesome. It offers a surprising presentation of more than 33,000 items of gold and emeralds and other precious materials crafted in pre-Hispanic times.

The most important museum of its kind, Museo del Oro showcases the work of ancient peoples who believed gold was the materialization of the life-giving energy from Father Sun. The collection includes bracelets, earrings, necklaces, breast plates, masks, figurines and rings created from 500 D.C. until the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century and is displayed in a well-guarded fortress-like room on the top floor.

This is a very popular tourist attraction for a reason. And it’s only a 10 minute walk from Alegria’s Hostel!

Important Stuff

Museo del Oro is located at Street 16 No. 5-41 Parque de Santander

Open Hours

Tue to Sat 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors must leave by 5:30 p.m.
Closed Mondays.

Best time to go

The last Sunday of every month 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m – entrance is free.


Watch the videos even if your Spanish is poor. They are very informative and act as a tour guide while you move through the museum.