MEDELLIN | Museo de Antioquia (Museum of Antioquia) is an art museum in Medellin’s El Centro neighbourhood. The museum is best known for its large collection of works by Medellín artist Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gómez.
Founded in 1881, Museo de Antioquia is Medellin’s first museum, and the second in Colombia. The first collection contained books and historical and artistic artifacts of its founders. The museum, which was run by the government, closed in the late 1800s. It wasn’t until 1946 that proposals for a new art museum were put forward, and in 1953 the museum reopened as an independently run not-for-profit entity.
Significant donations by Fernando Botero led to the museum’s collection greatly outgrowing its space, and it moved to its current location in 2000. Here, the museum’s permanent collection is displayed across 17 rooms:
- Manuel Angel Uribe room, commemorating one of the founders of the museum
- 19th century painting
- Colombian art
- Francisco Antonio Cano
- Antioquian artists of the 20th century
- Pedro Nel Gómez and his era
- Contemporary art
- Colombian art of the 20th century
- International art donated by Fernando Botero
- “Pedritio Botero” room
- Botero donation from 2000
Museo de Antioquia is a great museum for those looking to get a flavour of the artistic history of this city, and well worth visiting. Budget around three hours to see the collection. Further sculptures by Fernando Botero can be found in Plaza Botero, directly across from the museum. For more art and history, the nearby Palacio De La Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe and Iglesia De La Veracruz are also worth visiting.
Museo de Antioquia
Carrera 52 #52-43
Mon – Sat: 10:00am to 5:30pm
Sun: 10:00am to 4:30pm