Housing a small but important collection of historical works by artist, Alejandro Obregon and Enrique Grau, Cartagena's Museum of Modern Art is an essential pit-stop for culture vultures looking to savour the Caribbean influence on Colombian art.
Address: Centro, Calle 30, 4-08, Plaza San Pedro Claver, Cartagena, Colombia
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Founded in 1959 in a former Customs House on the corner of Plaza San Pedro de Claver, the museum keeps its permanent collection on the ground floor and holds temporary exhibitions upstairs.
The highlights are the works by Obregon, who while he was born in Barcelona and raised in Barranquilla fell in love with Cartagena and later made it his home. Obregon's paintings and sculptures are amongst the most powerful contemporary works created in Colombia.
Other works of note include paintings by Dario Morales and a fine permanent collection of works by Panama-born Cartagenero, Enrique Grau, probably the city's most celebrated artist.
After you have finished drop in on the museum shop to pick out some of the city's most desirable souvenirs.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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