Santa Marta has a growing number of museums, thanks in part to the Universidad del Magdalena. Whether your interests are history or art, youâ€™ll have some place to escape the heat.
â€˘ Museo de Oro Tairona: Collections of Tayrona artifacts and explications of their society (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Temporary location: Banco de la RepĂşblica, Calle 14 1C-37, Parque SimĂłn BolĂvar. Entry: Free).
â€˘ Museo de Arte
: Three galleries of regional and national artists, with special exhibits (Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-noon, 3-7 p.m., Sunday and holidays 3-7 p.m. Carrera 2 16-44, Tel.: 5-438-2048, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: extension.unimagdalena.edu.co/extension/museos/muarte/Paginas/principal.aspx
. Entry: Foreigners $2.75; Colombians: $2.25 adults, $1.15 children).
â€˘ Museo EtnogrĂˇfico de la Universidad del Magdalena (MEUM)
: A peopleâ€™s history of Santa Marta and the Sierra Nevada, from the founding of the city to the effects of armed conflicts on the indigenous nations of the mountains (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Carrera 1, corner of Calle 22. Tel.: 5-431-7513, E-mail: email@example.com, URL: extension.unimagdalena.edu.co/extension/museos/muetnografico/Paginas/principal.aspx
. Entry: Foreigners $2.75; Colombian $2.25 adults, $1.50 children and students).
â€˘ Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
: The death place of the Great Libertador, SimĂłn BolĂvar (daily 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Entry: $6 adults, $5 students and third-agers, $4.50 children 6-12 years, free children under 6 years).
â€˘ Museo Bolivariano de Arte ContemporĂˇneo
: Special exhibits of modern Colombian and Latin American art (same hours as Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino. Entry is included in that of the Quinta).
Santa Marta, Colombia
Historical museum, Archaeology, Anthropology, ethnography, Botanical garden, Science, art, cultural centers, Art museum
Relative price: Budget
Travel Skills: None
Free events and exhibits at the cultural centers; the museums in El Rodadero; a visit to Gabriel GarcĂa MĂˇrquezâ€™ hometown Aracataca; a stroll through Bananatown; Parque Nacional Natural Tayronaâ€™s El Pueblito and Playa Bravaâ€™s ruins; trek to Ciudad Perdida.
Here are other activities in and around Santa Marta
that may be of interest: Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
, Museo de Oro Tairona
, Museums of El Rodadero
and Acuario y Museo del Mar del Rodadero