About the Museum
The Museo del Oro was founded in 1939 by the Banco de la República with the aim of protecting Colombia’s rich archaeological heritage. Its collection is centred around the preservation and promotion of pre-Columbian art from all over the country and includes the famous Poporo Quimbaya, a vessel used in the ritual consumption of coca leaves and the first object acquired for the collection. While the museum’s primary focus is on its vast collection of goldsmithery, it also has a rich selection of works in other materials. Today the museum holds approximately 33,000 objects in precious metals and 21,000 in materials such as shell, bone and ceramics.
(Photo courtesy Banco de la República)