Museo del Oro Zenú#6 in Best Things To Do in Cartagena
Located in the old city, the Museo del Oro Zenú showcases a collection of gold, silver and ceramic relics. The museum is relatively small, and it focuses on Colombian culture before Spanish colonialism. In total, the museum boasts 902 archaeological objects, in addition to a workshop for kids, a reading room and a movie room.
Past visitors praised the museum, especially for its focus on indigenous people. They were also pleased that the museum is air-conditioned and free, making it exceptionally inviting on a hot Colombian afternoon. Recent travelers also noted that it doesn't take long to go through all of the exhibits, so you won't need to set aside much time to see it.
The Museo del Oro Zenú is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday. Access to the museum is free. Check out the Museo del Oro Zenú's website to learn more.
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#1 Old City Walls
Cartagena's most famous attraction, the city's historic walls, began construction on the eastern edge of the city in 1586 and finished in 1796. Fast forward to 1984 and the iconic walls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, the Walled City of Cartagena draws travelers hoping to explore its colonial architecture and peruse the wares of its numerous street vendors.
Recent travelers appreciated the area's historic charm, complete with horse-drawn carriages. They recommend taking your time in the walled city, as you can easily spend a full day wandering its narrow streets. To make sure you don't miss any of the top sites, sign up for one of the area's many walking tours. The only downside? Recent visitors warn about the street vendors who persistently hawk their wares.
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