Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

The Museo de Antioquia is one of the most popular art museums of Medellin Colombia. Located in Central Medellin next to the Plaza Botero and just a block from the Berrio Park Metro station on the A Line.

Especially for solo travelers I would recommend only visiting this neighborhood during daytime – it’s not the type of neighborhood you should be wandering around at night and be cautious even during the daytime as it’s a tourist area and that makes you a target for pickpockets. I had no problems and I consider it a very safe place during the daytime for a solo female traveler.

The museum contains numerous works by Colombian artist Fernando Botero who donated his works to the museum. Since visiting in December 2012 a new exhibit room opened which honors Botero and pays tribute to his son Pedrito. There are also several works by famous Colombian muralist Pedro Nel Gomez at Museo de Antioquia.

At the Bull Ring - Painting by Colombian artist Fernando Botero

At the Bull Ring by Fernando Botero

 

Barrio (Neighborhood) by Fernando Botero - Museo de Antioquia - Medellin Colombia

Barrio (Neighborhood) by Fernando Botero

 

Ceramic Guitar by Fernando Botero at Popular Tourist Attraction Museo de Antioquia

Ceramic Guitar by Fernando Botero

 

Pablo Escobar is Dead by Colombian artist Fernando Botero

Pablo Escobar is Dead by Fernando Botero

 

Matador by Colombian artist Fernando Botero

Matador by Fernando Botero

 

Fountain and sculpture at Museo de Antioquia in Medellin

Fountain and sculpture at Museo de Antioquia in Medellin

 

Fernando Botero Painting - Rosita - Museo de Antioquia in Medellin Colombia

Rosita by Fernando Botero

Colombian tourists from Bogota enjoying Botero's paintings at Museo de Antioquia

Colombian tourists from Bogota enjoying Botero’s paintings at Museo de Antioquia

 

Jesus - Painting by Colombian Artist Fernando Botero - Museo de Antioquia in Central Medellin Colombia - Modern Art and Large Collection of Botero's Art

Jesus by Fernando Botero

 

Shot in the Back in Jackson - refers to the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evars in Mississippi in 1963

Shot in the Back in Jackson – refers to civil rights activist Medgar Evers

 

Courtyard at Museo de Antioquia art museum in Central Medellin Colombia

Courtyard at Museo de Antioquia

 

Jackson Pollock painting at Museo de Antioquia in Medellin Colombia

Jackson Pollock painting 

 

Painting by Colombian artist Omar Rayo

Painting by Colombian artist Omar Rayo

 

There is a small gift shop at the museum – one of the few places I was able to find post cards in Medellin. The restaurant is very good but a bit pricey if you are on a tight budget – the big plus especially for a solo traveler is that you can sit outside and watch the people wandering about Plaza Botero.


Practical Information:

Address: Carrera 52 #52-43, Medellín
Phone Number: +574 251 36 36
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10AM – 5:30PM; Sunday 10AM – 4:30PM
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): COP 10,000 (~$3.80USD)
Tours: Free guided visits, every day at 2PM. Meeting point is the main entrance of the museum.
How to Get There: Metro: Berrío


About the Author

Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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  1. Hazel says:

    Very interesting art. I love the colors. Glad to know you also have “barrio” in your part of the world. It’s exactly the same spelling as the one we have back home (Philippines)

    • Susan Moore says:

      There is lot of Spanish influence around the Philippines. I haven’t been to the Philippines yet but it’s definitely one of the places I would love to travel to – all those islands to explore!

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