The Gold Museum is part of the Cultural Division of the Banco de la República. 

Mission

According to the UNESCO definition, "A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment". The Colombian Gold Museum is thus working and has worked on the basis of general objectives, which together form its mission:

  • The mission of the Gold Museum of the Banco de la República is to preserve, research, catalogue and exhibit its archaeological collections in goldwork, ceramics, lithics and other materials as the cultural heritage of present and future generations of Colombian citizens, to strengthen the cultural identity of Colombians through enjoyment, learning and inspiration.

This mission is carried out in its branch in Bogotá and in six more permanent exhibition rooms, the Regional Museums. Since 1954, more than 200 international exhibitions have traveled abroad to share our heritage with the world.  

Museum History

Banco de la República began in 1939 helping to protect the archaeological patrimony of Colombia. The object known as poporo quimbaya was the first one in a collection that has already 75 years.

Read, in Spanish, an article on the history of the gold museum, Museo del Oro (in PDF format)

 

Organisation

The work of many people towards the fulfilment of its mission as a cultural entity is required for the Gold Museum to be visited. The Museum is responsibility of a Director and her work team in Bogotá is divided into sections and offices.

See the Organization Chart of the Gold Museum (in PDF)

See the Organization Chart of the Banco de la República (in PDF)

For preservation purposes, the Registrars Section manages and controls the different collections so they are kept appropriately and safely. The inventory is kept in a data base that is continuously updated. Registrars are responsible for taking care of the reserves of the collections of metal, ceramics and other materials, they take the pieces to the employees requesting them for research, analysis, photographing, assembly or other specific activities and then returns them to the deposits keeping a record of each movement with the care of a notary. They are also responsible for coordinating the transfer of national and international exhibits and for taking digital photographs with state of art technology.

The Restoration Office works on the ancient objects belonging to the collections to ensure their preservation over time, as well as to maintain their adequate and accurate appearance during the exhibits. It also prepares reports on the condition of each object and conceive and manufacture the metal stands holding each of the objects in the new exhibitions of the Museum.

The Preventive Conservation Office measures and controls the environmental conditions of the reserves and the exhibits in Bogotá and throughout the country, and monitor the condition of the objects, ensuring the protection of the archaeological heritage for the future. 

Accountable for research, the Archaeology Office, lead by the Director, is committed to be continuously updated on the latest events in this field to catalogue and produce scientific knowledge on the collection relating the objects to the correct archaeological societies and cultures that produced them. It also carries out studies on the objects as a never-ending source of knowledge and supports multiple scientific investigations. Thanks to their understanding of the different types of public, the archaeologists conceive and coordinate the scripts of the new exhibits and complete their curating process. 

The editing and printing process of books and catalogues, as well as the Boletín Museo del Oro and the Museum's Web Site for broadcasting purposes is coordinated by the Dissemination Section, which is also responsible for the Documentation Centre and the planning of cultural activities. Research and education is carried out through the Education Services Office, which promotes contact with teachers and offers them various didactic resources on matters regarding the Museum.

The Museography Section puts the collection on show and is accountable for the architecture, design and aesthetics of the exhibits. It guarantees the quality of the presentation of all the visible parts in the rooms; it designs, assembles and maintains permanent and temporary exhibits as the main form of communication of a museum with its public. Museology receives support from the Carpenter's Workshop.

The IT Coordinator provides support for all the personal computers in the Museum, connected to a modern network offering a large number of tools, and advises and coordinates multiple projects related to new IT and electronic technologies in the museums of the XXI century.

Finally, the Customer Service Section takes care of the visitors who are the reason for the existence of the Museum and prepares the programmes of activities directed to the public. It organises events and it is also the communication channel with the press. Thanks to the coordinators of the rooms, the animators and the assistants, Customer Service It is also the warm face receiving the visitors and providing them with service and information. This is the final result and the materialisation of all the projects generated in the technical and administrative areas to meet the mission of this great cultural centre. 

We must also mention the store, restaurant, and café, the security service, the maintenance technicians, the janitor service and all the external roles, as well as those carried out by the Banco de la República or the Cultural Division. They are all crucial for the life of the Museum and for the good performance of its employees. The Security Service, highly professional, management, architecture, human resource management, IT, the chemistry department, legal advice and contracts, procurement, auditing and so many other tasks depending directly on the Bank, reinforce inside the Gold Museum the solidity and stability characterising the Banco de la República's work both in economics and in culture. 

 

Museum Director:

María Alicia Uribe Villegas

Postal Address:

You may write in English to

Museo del Oro - Banco de la República

Carrera 7 No. 14-78 1er piso Bogotá, 1 Colombia (from 9 am to 4 pm).

Administrative Office Hours:  

Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.

Call center:

(571)3432222

Fax:

(571)2847450

 

Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions and the email address to contact us.

The Organization Chart of the Banco de la República, the goals and performance reports and the agencies controlling our cultural and heritage activities are available.