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Museums of Popayán - Museum Popayán - Colombia

One place to get out of Popayán's rains are the museums. Many are the historical homes of past illustrious citizens. A few premier art museums also are on the scene, the Museo de Arte Religioso and the Museo Ibernoamericano de Arte Moderno. There is also the distinguished Natural History Museum.


Museo Casa Mosquera (Admission: $1.05. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and holidays 8 a.m.-noon, 2-5 p.m. Calle 3, 5-14. Tel: 824-0683)—The 18th century home of José María Mosquera y Figueroa, whose four sons came to be Presidents of the new republic and diplomats.


Museo Casa Valencia (Admission: $1.05 adults, $0.50 students, $0.25 children 6-12 years old. Tuesday-Sunday and holidays 10 a.m.-noon, 2-5 p.m. Carrera 6, 2-69. Tel: 820-6160)—Home of poet-writer-politician-orator Guillermo Valencia.


Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso (Admission: $1.60 adults, $0.80 children 6-12 years old. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Calle 4, 4-56. Tel: 824-2759)


Museo de Historia Natural (Admission: $1.60 adults, $1.05 children. Daily 8 a.m.-noon, 2-5:30 p.m. Carrera 2A, 1A-25. Tel: 820-9861, ext. 2602)


Museo Casa Negret (Admission: $1.50. Tuesday-Sunday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. Calle 5, 10-23. Tel: 824-4546, E-mail: , URL:—This house built in 1781 was the childhood home of artist Edward Negret. Now it is a museum displaying his early works and family momentos. Adjoining it is the Museo Iberoamericano de Arte Moderno (Calle 5, 10-31. Tel: 8240468) which exhibits a collection of national and international contemporary art.


Museo Martínez (Carrera 3 Sur Oriente, on road to Calicanto. Tel: 820-6081)—Collection of art by painter Efraín Martínez.

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Here are other activities in and around Popayán that may be of interest: Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso and Museo de Historia Natural.

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