Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero is located in the central neighborhood of La Candelaria in Medellin Colombia – between the Museum of Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture.

Tourists enjoying Plaza Botero in La Candelaria neighborhood of Medellin Colombia

Tourists enjoying Plaza Botero

Pensamiento (The Thought) bronze sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero

Pensamiento (The Thought) bronze sculpture by Fernando Botero

During the daytime the plaza is filled with tourists posing with and rubbing their hands over the large-scale bronze statues by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero.

Plaza Botero - Cabezo (Head) 1999 bronze by Fernando Botero

Plaza Botero – Cabezo (Head) 1999 bronze

Botero donated the 23 sculptures to the museum in 2002. His signature style depicts people and animals in large, exaggerated size.

Plaza Botero - woman with mirror - Fernando Botero sculpture

Plaza Botero – woman with mirror

During one of my visits to the Plaza Botero I wandered around the neighborhood a little (advisable during daytime only) and then I ate lunch at the restaurant at the Museum of Antioquia across the plaza, sitting outside and enjoying the people watching.

Enjoying the people watching at Plaza Botero

People watching at Plaza Botero

View of Plaza Botero from the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture in central Medellin Colombia

View of Plaza Botero from the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture

A great way to spend a morning is to visit the Plaza Botero and the Museum of Antioquia, have lunch at the museum restaurant and then pay a visit to the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture on the other side of Plaza Botero.

Plaza Botero is a magnificent outdoor art gallery in the heart of the city of Medellin Colombia.


Practical Information:

Address: Carrera 52 (corner Calle 52)
Admission Cost (as of July 2015): FREE
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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