Casa de la Moneda
Literally meaning “House of Money,” the Case de la Moneda is the former national mint of Colombia and is now a currency museum with a collection of some 19,000 artifacts. Find displays of currency-making machinery and modern and historic coins, some dating back to the 1600s.
Spread over two floors, the museum’s exhibits cover pre-Colombian times to the present day. Each of the 10 exhibition rooms has explanations in English. The first floor focuses on Colombia’s minting history from the country’s earliest years to the end of the colonial era. On the second floor, you’ll find exhibits on Colombia’s economic history from independence to the present.
Discover the story of the first gold coins minted in America in 1622. Spot two rare hand-hammered coins that date back to 1657 and 1668. See how the nation’s coins and banknotes have evolved artistically. Learn how currency changes have affected events in Colombia’s social and economic history, such as slavery, exports and railroad construction.
Visit the Machine Room to see examples of the machines used to punch, cut, roll and print coins and banknotes. Watch machines from the 19th and 20th centuries in action. Be sure to collect a free commemorative coin when you leave.
Situated in the historic La Candelaria district, the Casa de la Moneda forms part of Bogotá’s Manzana Cultural (Cultural Square). It’s a short walk from Plaza de Bolívar. Public transportation such as buses and the subway stop close to the museum’s entrance. If you arrive by car, pay the small fee and park at the Luis Angel Arango Library.
The museum is open every day except Mondays, and admission is free. Guided tours are also free but you’ll need to make a reservation. Full tour details and complete opening hours are available on the museum’s official website.