Colombian Police History Museum

Tucked away on a street in La Candelaria, just a block from the Iglesia de Santa Clara, is the Museo Histórico de la Policia Nacional. It’s one of Bogotá’s most interesting museums. Admission is free and it’s open daily except Mondays. The friendly police officers on duty are more than happy to answer any questions. Many speak English.

Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional

Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional

 

The Building

The museum is housed in the former police headquarters, a beautiful building which was built in 1923.

Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional

After entering, a bomb disposal robot and a historic police wagon are on display.

Bomb disposal robot at Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Bomb disposal robot

Historic police wagon at Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Historic police wagon

 

The Hunt for Pablo Escobar

Highlights of the museum include several items from the Pablo Escobar manhunt, complete with a piece of blood-stained roof tile from the spot he was killed. There’s also a few personal items owned by Escobar and a money counter used by the Medellín Cartel.

Pablo Escobar wanted poster at Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Pablo Escobar wanted poster

Roof tile stained with Pablo Escobar's blood Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Roof tile stained with Pablo Escobar’s blood

Pablo Escobar's personal items at Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Pablo Escobar’s personal items

Medellín Cartel money counter Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Medellín Cartel money counter

 

Weapons Collection

The weapons collection is very impressive, with handguns, rifles, and other weapons from all over the world.

Weapons gallery Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Weapons gallery

Weapons gallery Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Weapons gallery

 

Exhibits on Police Work

The galleries in the museum cover all aspects of police work, including communication methods, uniforms, combatting the illegal drug trade, and special forces.

Police uniforms at Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Police uniforms

Illegal drugs at Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Illegal drugs

 

Mural and Rooftop

Don’t miss the mural on the ground floor and the views from the rooftop!

Mural Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

Mural

View from the rooftop Museo Histórico de la Policía Nacional in La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

View from the rooftop

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