Museo Casa de la Memoria is one of Medellín’s newest attractions. It opened in 2014 and commemorates the people who lost their lives during the many years of violence in the Antioquia department. It’s one of the most important museums you can visit in all of Colombia.
It has excellent hands-on displays and state-of-the-art technology using photographs and videos to tell heartbreaking personal stories of people directly affected by violence and paramilitary groups. A wall of touch screens with newspaper clippings and videos dating back to the beginning of violent conflict in Colombia was the most interesting part of the museum for me.
I was particularly moved by the responses given by children to define certain words, such as love, death, violence, police, and politician.
One special exhibition included important items used by former paramilitaries after they gave up their life of violence. Along with a short life story, they explained the reason the items displayed were important to them. Another exhibition asked visitors to write their ideas of peace in Colombia, and another used modern art to show the effects of violence and promote peace.
Admission to the museum is free. The only drawback for visitors is that just about everything is in Spanish. It’s located east of the city center in Barrio Boston, which is quite far from many other attractions. A taxi is recommended.