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.
The museum is housed in the former police headquarters, a beautiful building which was built in 1923.
After entering, a bomb disposal robot and a historic police wagon are on display.
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.
The weapons collection is very impressive, with handguns, rifles, and other weapons from all over the world.
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.
Mural and Rooftop
Don’t miss the mural on the ground floor and the views from the rooftop!