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Museo de Oro Tairona - Museum Santa Marta - Colombia

In the building that was once Santa Marta’s customs (aduana) house is the Museo de Oro Tairona, a must-stop for those planning to visit El Pueblito or Ciudad Perdida. The museum gives excellent explanations on the society, culture and technology of the Tayrona peoples. A scale model of Teyuna, the Lost City, will prepare you for your journey. The vault protects an impressive collection of Tayrona gold artifacts with elucidation of the processing and forging techniques. On the second floor of the ex-Casa de la Aduana is the room in which Simón Bolívar’s body was laid to public viewing. Now, the room is almost bare save the flags of the six Bolivariana nations.

Note: The Aduana building is presently being restored. The Museo de Oro's temporary location is in the Banco de La República.


Calle 14, 2-07

Santa Marta, Colombia

Museum Types:
Archaeology, Anthropology, ethnography

Getting There

Travel Tips:

Guided tours in Spanish or English are free. The museum is open on Sundays (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), if a cruise ship is in port

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m., Saturday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 6 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.

Days Closed:Sunday and holidays.

Travel Skills: None

The other museums in Santa Marta and El Rodadero; free events and exhibits at the cultural centers; a visit to Gabriel García Márquez’ hometown Aracataca; a stroll through Bananatown; the ruins at Playa Brava at Neguange and those of El Pueblito in Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona; trek to Ciudad Perdida.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Here are other activities in and around Santa Marta that may be of interest: Acuario y Museo del Mar del Rodadero, Museums of El Rodadero, Museums of Santa Marta and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino.

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