Explore Cartagena’s fascinating history through her museums
One of the best ways to explore a city is through its museums. The history, art, culture, food, and music of a place can all be better understood by spending a few hours in its cultural institutions. Luckily, Cartagena has a fascinating variety of museums that will be sure to please even the most jaded traveler. Below is a list of our favorite museums to escape to on a rainy day!
Museo del Oro
One of the most unique museums to visit is the Museo de Oro. Although the museum is much smaller than the main Museo de Oro in Bogota, you are still able to get a fascinating look into Colombia’s indigenous population and the gold masterpieces that they were able to create. The museum features gold jewelry and figurines. Most of the artwork on display in Cartagena’s gold was made by the Zenu who live in the plains south of Cartagena.
Palace of the Inquisition
The Spanish Inquisition was one of the most tragic times in history. Thousands upon thousands of innocent people were executed for the “crime” of blasphemy, heresy, and witchcraft. Cartagena had its own Palace of Inquisition and it is believed that up to 900 people were investigated there. The palace is now home to Cartagena’s history museum and features displays on the history of Spanish torture methods.