Many Cartagena emerald jewelers tout their museums to lure tourists in, but JoyerĂa Caribeâ€™s Museo de la Esmeralda stands above the rest of the crowd. A guide leads visitors through the large, second-floor museum that displays everything about emeralds. An underground mine replica shows workers excavating the precious gems. Other galleries explain where emeralds are found and their place in history. Cases feature these amazing stones. Petra, an 80-centimeter (31-in) long, 140-kilogram (230-lb) rock, is studded with 60 raw emeralds. Tourists can get a glimpse of jewelers cutting gems and see the finished products in the store below. (Buy a beauty to take home.)
Calle 5, 2-51
The guard will ask you why youâ€™ve come. Say you want to see the museo and heâ€™ll call a guide for you. Tours are offered in Spanish, English and German.
Relative price: Free
Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Open Hours to:Monday-Sunday 6 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring:
Colombian Peso, US dollar, Euro
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