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Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) Tours and Activities

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The Tayrona Gold Museum contains some of the fascinating gold pieces made by the Tayrona indigenous tribe starting around 100 A.D and gives a look into the culture of those early inhabitants of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Many of the objects on display were made using the lost wax method in order to create life-like hollow gold objects. The Tayrona also used alloys made with gold and copper calledtumbaga and would hammer out sheets of gold on rock slabs.

The Tayronas were a deeply religious community and their gold pieces were rich in detail and meaning. A common theme involved representations of animals, reflecting the custom of the political and spiritual leaders who adopted qualities and strengths they associated with certain animals.

To make gold figures, the lost wax method was one of the most common methods used. A wax figure would be covered with clay in order to create a mold. When the object was heated, the wax would melt out. Then gold or metal was poured in the resulting space. After the metal cooled, the clay would be broken to leave the gold figure, which was then polished.

The Gold Museum is normally located in the Custom’s House (Casa de la Aduana), a Cultural Patrimony building on the Santa Marta bay that is currently under restoration work. In the meantime, the collection has found a temporary home in the Bank of the Republic Library.

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Private Full-Day Santa Marta from Cartagena with Lunch

Private Full-Day Santa Marta from Cartagena with Lunch

If you’ve only got limited time in Cartagena, don’t let that stop you exploring Santa Marta Historic Center, the first city founded by the Spaniards in Colombia. In a small group limited to 14, you’ll take a whistle-stop tour of Barranquilla and tick off colonial highlights in Santa Maria. Enjoy a beachside lunch in El Rodadero and relish the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 12 hours
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Santa Marta - The pearl of Colombian Caribbean

Santa Marta - The pearl of Colombian Caribbean

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Though Santa Ana is well-known for its beach, the coastal Caribbean town is also a colonial-era gem rich with unexpected history. A walking tour is the perfect way to orient yourself within the city and learn about its history and culture with your guide: follow your guide along the beach, check out top landmarks such as the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and end your tour with a prime spot for watching the sunset.
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  • 4 hours
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Carlos Vives shows you the Pearl of America

Carlos Vives shows you the Pearl of America

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Carlos Vives guides you through his home city. Discover the history and stories of Santa Marta with Carlos. In this unique soundwalk you will set off in the pursuit of the pearl, and we are going after the pearl!
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes
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Santa Marta Old City + Quinta de San Pedro + Gold Museum + Taganga's Bay Tour

Santa Marta Old City + Quinta de San Pedro + Gold Museum + Taganga's Bay Tour

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Santa Marta was once called The Pearl of America by the Spaniards. Nowadays it deserves its name for being a natural and historical treasure for Colombia. If you want to know more and learn why join us in this private full-day tour around its most emblematic places. Visit the historical center and the Tayrona Gold Museum, and then, the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, death place of Simón Bolivar, and finish the tour by visiting one of its most famous bays: Taganga. • Historical landmarks of Santa Marta city • A walk along the old city and a guided tour in the Tayrona Gold Museum • A trip to Taganga’s Bay, one of the most important in Santa Marta • A visit and guided tour inside Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, Simon Bolivar’s death place • Unforgettable memories of the oldest city of the country.
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  • 7 hours
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Old City + Museum Santa Marta City Tour 3H

Old City + Museum Santa Marta City Tour 3H

Santa Marta is a magical city known for its diversity and for making all its visitors feel at home. In this walking tour, you will explore its history and traditions among its streets and houses. Visit the Tayrona Gold Museum, Parque de los Novios, the Malecon, the Cathedral, and many other places. This experience includes refreshing traditional juices and fruit tasting with locals, more fun people to walk with, and a very knowledgeable local guide. • Historical landmarks about Santa Marta City • A walk through Tayrona Gold Museum • Visiting Santa Marta’s bay or Malecon, and the main parks and squares • A brief lesson about Colombian diversity through its history and guide’s recommendations • A glimpse of Colombia’s Caribbean flavors by tasting fruits and juices Note: If you have a layover in Cartagena please select the airport as a pick-up point for the layover tour.
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  • 3 hours
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Santa Marta City Tour

Santa Marta City Tour

Make the most out of your time in half a day and join this Santa Marta City Tour through the most relevant places in the capital city of Magdalena while a knowledgeable guide makes sure to tell you as much as you like to know about Colombian culture and history.
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  • 5 hours
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What are Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) hours of operation?
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Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) hours of operation: Mon - Fri 8:30am-12pm and 2pm-6pm. Saturdays 9am-1pm. Closed Sundays.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) costs USD 6.99. Guided Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) tours start around USD 6.99 per person. See all 6 Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) tickets and tours on Viator.
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