I was very surprised to find out that Medellín has an official list of 27 museums. This huge number can be overwhelming for visitors to the city. For this reason I gave myself the task of choosing 5 that, in addition to their museographic value, also have great tourist interest.

In my selection you will find both quality and variety, since these museums are not only about art, nature, science, history and memory, but also about the very life of the place they inhabit: their neighborhood. Getting to know them means diving deeper into the curious dynamics of the paisa capital.

You may be surprised not to see some as popular here as the Castle and the Pablo Escobar Museum (which for political reasons is not included in the official list of the Mayor’s Office). I was interested in each destination offering an educational and fun experience for all kinds of audiences.

If you have any suggestions or would like to change the order of our top according to your own taste, please leave us a comment for future guides. What I do guarantee is that the following museums made me love Medellín much more and you should visit at least one during your stay.

Museum of Antioquia

Ideal place for art lovers. It is the first museum of its kind founded in the Antioquia department and also the best, since it houses the largest collection in the city, exceeding the number of 5,000 artistic pieces.

Among them are works by Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Alejandro Obregón, Débora Arango and Fernando Botero. The latter has been very important for the history of the entity and the city itself.

His donations from the 1970s led to the rebirth of the museum, which thanks to Botero’s help was able to move in 2001 to a new location, right in front of Plaza Botero, which houses 23 large-format sculptures by the artist.

The Museum of Antioquia has managed to transform society beyond its walls and for this reason it is capable of leaving its mark on its visitors. If you want to know more about this destination, read our post.

Location

The Museum of Antioquia is located in the downtown of Medellín, in the Candelaria sector, at the intersection of Av. Carabobo and Calibío. The exact location is: carrera 52 No. 52 – 43.

It is close to Plaza Botero, the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture, the Veracruz Church, Parque Berrío and the Metro station that has the same name.

Price

In the table below you will find the prices and discounts offered by the museum. To access them you must show your identification document at the ticket office, but if you do not want to take the original with you for fear of losing it, they also accept photocopies.

You can schedule guided tours in Spanish and English as long as you are accompanied by a group of at least 5 people. Write to info@museodeantioquia.co

Colombian citizens$ 14.000 COP
Foreigners$ 21.000 (4.52 usd)
Students$ 10.500
Group of Colombian Citizens (5 people minimum)$ 9.800 / each
Group of Foreigners (5 people minimum)$ 14.700 (3.16 usd) / eac
People from estatros 1, 2 and 3 (presenting the utility bill) Children under 7 years of age Students from the Metropolitan Area (from 3 p.m. presenting the card)Free entrance

Open times

The Museum of Antioquia is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Check its official page before going to avoid surprises due to changes in the programming.

Parque Explora and the Planetarium

Perfect mix of entertainment and scientific learning. Together, the Explora Park and the Planetarium make up the most important interactive center in the city, so there you are the one who brings experiences to life involving all your senses and different technologies.

On the one hand, at Explora you have access to nearly 300 attractions in the 8 spaces within its facilities, which include the largest freshwater aquarium in Latin America and a Vivarium with such exotic species as the golden dart frog.

On the other hand, in the Planetarium you will find 2 floors of permanent exhibitions dedicated to astronomy and an audiovisual dome where immersive functions of a family nature are projected.

In addition, both destinations are part of a quite striking area due to its abundant tourist offer. Discover in these articles some of the surprises that your visit to the Explora Park and the Planetarium awaits you.

Location

It is located in the north of Medellín, Aranjuez commune, within one of the most touristic sectors of the city due to the number of interesting destinations it houses, such as the Botanical Garden and the North Park.

Its exact address is: Carrera 52 No. 73 – 75, right in front of the Universidad del Metro station, next to Parque de los Deseos.

Price

There is free admission for children under 3 years of age and people from Medellín who live in neighborhoods of strata 1, 2 and 3.

For the rest of the people, the ticket prices are in the following table:

PlanFor Colombian CitizensFor foreigners
Individual $ 37.000 COP$ 42.000 COP (9.04 usd)
Family pass (for 4 people)$ 133.000 COP$ 150.000 COP (32.27 usd)
Combo Explora-Planetario (ambos destinos en un solo ticket)$ 55.000 COP$ 62.000 COP (13.34 usd)

Open times

This year the Park resumed its usual programming. From Tuesday to Friday it opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. with ticket sales until 4 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays open from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. with box office closing at 5 p.m.

Monday (or Tuesday after a holiday) closes for maintenance.

Modern Art Museum of Medellin (MAMM)

Art, cinema and delicious gastronomy: all in the same place. That’s why going to MAMM is one of my favorite patches in the city. Being within Ciudad del Río, the offer around the museum is quite varied.

Now, speaking of the museum itself, it is a space that constantly questions the limits of art, where people can interact with works by artists with wide national and international recognition.

The history of MAMM dates back to 1978, when its headquarters were in the Carlos E neighborhood. Since then it has changed locations and has undergone numerous renovations, which have consolidated it as one of the most impressive buildings in Medellín.

Its permanent collection has more than 2,000 pieces and its Theater specializes in showing high-quality independent films. If you want to know more visit the following article.

Location

You can find it inside Ciudad del Río at carrera 44 No. 19A – 100. You will recognize it immediately by its imposing structure, which looks like a series of concrete boxes stacked and rotated one on top of the other.

Price

The entrance fee to MAMM changes according to the services. In general, the price is $12,000 COP for locals and $18,000 COP (3.87 usd) for foreigners.

If you want to go to the movies, the entrance to the Theater costs $10,000 (2.15 usd) for the general public and $7,000 for adults over 60, children under 12 and students with ID.

Please note that, although you can purchase your tickets online, these discounts only apply if you buy them directly at the museum’s ticket office

Open Times

The hours vary depending on the services you want to access at MAMM, which is why they are divided into 3 sections: Museum, Shop and Study Room. Their respective schedules are:

Museum: Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays after holidays the Museum and the Study Room are closed.

Store: Monday 11 a.m. – 5 pm.

Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. – 7 pm

Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Study Hall / Free admission: Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. – 5 pm.

  • Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Casa de la Memoria Museum

This space is for those who want to know the reality of Medellín beyond tourism. Here they resist the multiple testimonies of the armed conflict and the social problems that have been affecting the city, the region and the country since the middle of the last century.

The exhibitions are made up of stories, photographs, documents, artistic objects, audiovisuals, cartographies and texts that bring together a large number of perspectives around this phenomenon.

Its purpose is to be the symbolic refuge of the victims and raise public awareness to overcome ignorance and indifference, thus contributing to the cultural transformation in search of peace.

Location

It is located in La Candelaria, Boston sector, inside Parque Bicentenario, three blocks from Pablo Tobón Uribe Theater going up Calle 51. Its exact address is calle 51 # 36 – 66.

This is not the most popular area of the city among tourists, but it has some very interesting things to explore, such as the La Playa pedestrian walkway with its Gastronomic Market inspired by Mercados del Río and the downtown theater route.

Price and open times

The entry is completely free. Regarding programming, I think it’s best to call before going, because sometimes problems arise or events that are not updated on their website. Although that is where the information is to get in touch with them.

Museo del Agua (Water Museum)

I think this place is a good average between interactive centers dedicated to popularizing science like Explora and museums in the traditional sense of the word, with the advantage of being one of the cheapest destinations on the list.

The Water Museum proposes a journey from the Big Bang itself, through the formation of the Earth and the emergence of the first species, to the way in which humans have been relating to water, including some measures for its care.

In its 9 interactive rooms, the immense value of our water resources is highlighted, through a guided tour that takes approximately 1 hour and a half. This option may be the one indicated if you are looking for a simple and didactic plan for your family, especially if you have children, as this is your target audience.

For more information, read our article about the museum and the other tourist attractions near that area.

Location

The Water Museum is located in the center of the city in the Parque de los Pies Descalzos, between the Intelligent Building and Plaza Mayor. Its exact address is: carrera 57 N° 42 – 139.

Nearby there are also Parques del Río, the Metropolitan Theater, the administrative center of the Alpujarra and the Parque de las Luces, so it is an interesting destination if you are going to visit the Candelaria area.

Price

Admission is free for:

  • Children under 5 and adults over 60 years.
  • People with disabilities.

For the rest of the public it costs $6.000 COP per person

Open times

It does not open on the first business day of the week.

Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – 5:30 pm. with ticket office closing at 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm. with ticket office closing at 4:00 p.m.

Consult more details of the programming on its website.