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People and societies tend to adopt all kinds of cultural expressions as part of their heritage. Festivals, music and recipes, buildings and monuments, objects that belonged to past national heroes, or the photo of a mother or sister: all these have the almost magical power to become symbols of a group, to represent common links to shared memories or identities.

When people are emotionally united about objects, places or celebrations, they give their heritage value and meaning.

Archaeological objects form part of the cultural heritage of the Colombian nation, because they provide evidence of the country's past and present. Since they are of outstanding cultural value, they are prohibited under the Constitution and by law from being purchased, sold or exported. The Banco de la República Gold Museum preserves, researches and makes known an important collection of objects that are part of the nation's archaeological heritage.

As these objects, places and remains belong to everyone, these pages help us to understand their importance, their history and legislation, and invite each and every Colombian to be proud of being the owner of such cultural heritage and to become its best defender.


These pages take up the theme of the temporary exhibition entitled Gold Museum, a View from the Archaeological Heritage Perspective, which ran at the Bogotá Gold Museum from 1 August 2012 to 21 April 2013.


Frequently-asked Questions about the Archaeological Heritage of the Nation.

The People behind the Objects

Colombia's Architectural Heritage

Heritage in History

Museums: Guardians of Heritage

World Heritage

Endangered Heritage

Symbols of the Nation