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 Religioso, Étnico y Cultural
Across the street is the Museo Religioso, Étnico y Cultural. It wasn’t open.
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.
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.
There was also a scale model of an indigenous village and a life-sized indigenous man dressed in full garb with golden jewelry.
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.
There were a couple of exhibits on interior design and two interactive exhibits on display.