Museums in Cali

Cali isn’t big on tourism but there are a few museums in town to keep you busy. Most of them are decent. I was able to visit four of them.

 

Museo Arqueológico La Merced

Museo Arqueológico La Merced is housed in the former convent of La Merced. It cost COP$4,000 to enter. The permanent collection displays indigenous artifacts from the southwest of Colombia and a mummy. There was also a temporary exhibition of photos highlighting festivals of Colombia. It wasn’t a great museum but the mummy and explanation of burials was interesting. Everything is in Spanish but the attendant can give you a pamphlet in English to explain the exhibits.

Museo Arqueológico La Merced in Cali, Colombia

Museo Arqueológico La Merced

Museo Arqueológico La Merced in Cali, Colombia

Courtyard of the Museo Arqueológico La Merced

 

Museo Religioso, Étnico y Cultural

Across the street is the Museo Religioso, Étnico y Cultural. It wasn’t open.

Museo Religioso, Étnico y Cultural in Cali, Colombia

Museo Religioso, Étnico y Cultural

 

Museo del Oro Calima

Around the corner is the Museo del Oro Calima. It’s located in the Banco de la República building. Admission is free and it’s open Tuesday through Saturday until 5pm.

Museo del Oro Calima in Cali, Colombia

Museo del Oro Calima

Museo del Oro Calima in Cali, Colombia

Museo del Oro Calima

We took about a half hour to go through the small but informative museum. It had several artifacts made out of gold, pottery, and a few other interesting things to see.

Museo del Oro Calima in Cali, Colombia

Museo del Oro Calima

Museo del Oro Calima in Cali, Colombia

Museo del Oro Calima

There was also a scale model of an indigenous village and a life-sized indigenous man dressed in full garb with golden jewelry.

Museo del Oro Calima in Cali, Colombia

Indigenous village at Museo del Oro Calima

Museo del Oro Calima in Cali, Colombia

Museo del Oro Calima

There are other branches of the Museo del Oro that I’ve seen around the country in Bogotá, Armenia, and Santa Marta. I feel that the one in Cali wasn’t up to par with the rest.

 

Museo La Tertulia

Museo La Tertulia is a modern art museum that I didn’t care too much for. Admission is COP$4,000 per person (as of March 2016). The best thing about it was the architecture of the external wing and the movie theatre.

Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia

Museo La Tertulia

Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia

Museo La Tertulia

Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia

Theatre at Museo La Tertulia

There were a couple of exhibits on interior design and two interactive exhibits on display.

Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia

Museo La Tertulia

Museo La Tertulia in Cali, Colombia

Museo La Tertulia

 

Other Museums

Also worth checking out is Caliwood, the country’s first cinematography museum. Read about that here. You can also head out to the airport for Museo Aéreo Fénix, an excellent aviation museum.

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