In the building that was once Santa Martaâ€™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 SimÃ³n BolÃvarâ€™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 RepÃºblica.
Calle 14, 2-07
Archaeology, Anthropology, ethnography
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
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 GarcÃa MÃ¡rquezâ€™ 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.