Museums Tour – The Medellin Museums Tour is a tour of two of the most popular museums in Medellin; La Casa Museo de la Memoria and El Museo de Antioquia, along with a tour of the mountaintop museum, Pueblita Paisa. Here is a brief description of each site.
La Casa Museo de la Memoria is an emotionally powerful museum dedicated to honoring the victims of urban conflict in Medellín’s past. The main focus of the exhibits is to teach and remind the current population of the armed conflicts and other violence which used to control Medellín, Antioquia. Many of the mostly high-tech displays are viewed through the eyes of the regular victims and their surviving families.
Pueblita Paisa is a replica of what a typical Antioquian town would have looked like in the early 1900’s. This life-sized exhibit comes complete with its traditional stone foundation in the middle of the town square and is surrounded by a church and rectory, a mayor’s office, a barber shop and a one-room schoolhouse. Since this attraction is located at the top of Nutibarra Hill, it is a great place to get a 360° view of the city. INTERESTING FACT! – The church doors are actually the rescued doors from the church from the flooded city of Guatapé!
Museo de Antioquia is the most popular museum in Medellín. Located in the Botero Plaza, the Museum of Antioquia was the first museum established in the Antioquia province. Inside and outside the museum are more than 100 pieces of artwork donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Inside the museum are seventeen permanent collection rooms including: Pre-Colombian, Colonial, Manuel Angel Uribe, 19th Century Paintings, Photographs, Colombian Art, Francisco Antonio Cano.
The itinerary for this excursion is:
- Meet at OLSA International at 8:00 am for a traditional Colombian breakfast; arepa with cheese, scrambled eggs and a cup of coffee / chocolate
- After breakfast we will walk through the Estadio neighborhood to the Floresta Metro station, about 800 meters
- We will board the Metro at the Floresta station and travel by metro to the San Antonio metro station, then travel by tranvia to the Bicentenario station and walk two blocks to the Casa Museo de la Memoria. We will spend approximately an hour-and-a-half at this museum
- Once finished at the Memory museum, we will travel by taxi to Pueblita Paisa where we will explore the replica town and have lunch (included) as we enjoy views of the city.
- Once finished with lunch, we will again travel by taxi to the Museo de Antioquia. First, we will tour the Botero statues at the Plaza Botero. Then we will enter the museum (museum fee included) and allow the group to tour the museum at their own pace.