Info & History
Museo del Chicó is also known as Mercedes Sierra de Pérez Museum, and it is both a park and a museum that can be found over in the el Chicó neighborhood that is located just north of Bogotá. In 1911, this land and house were inherited by the historical Sierra family and subsequently donated it to the community along with money so that it could be turned into a museum that locals and tourists could enjoy through the years along with lands of 116th Street or Pepe Sierra Avenue. It was first declared a cultural landmark back in the year 1992 but it has been a museum since 1964. It’s found between Carreras 7 and 9 in the town of Chapinero. There is a colonial house found within the park that has amazing gardens and trees surrounding it which was built all the way back in 1500! For these reasons, it is easy to see why history bluffs consider this a must-see destination for those who happen to be visiting Bogotá. You get an accurate depiction of what it was like back in that day, much like stepping into your very own time machine.
Not only is Museo del Chicó a museum, but the large park surrounding it is perfect for lounging around and having a picnic with family or friends, and there are various activities to consider taking part in. This is an extremely popular destination when the weather is nice, and it is easy to see why that is. The playground in the garden area has been here since 1964 and has made a lot of children happy in the meantime! You can also find a children’s library on site that has activities for children like arts and crafts and storytime. This is why this is such an acceptable destination for families to check out because there is a little something that each person can certainly enjoy.
Separate from that, there are rooms for rent which would be absolutely perfect for a memorable party venue. There are also temporary exhibitions that change throughout the year, so there is always something to enjoy whenever you decide to visit this tourist attraction near Bogotá. There are even more activities such as horse riding, skating areas, and bicycle rental. Stop and enjoy the scenery at the laguito (or pond) which can be found in the upper area of the park, or simply stroll through the gardens for stress relief. It’s completely up to you! It’s very interesting to see a house as people in the past would have lived in it. That’s only part of the charm of this tourist destination in Bogotá. There is an English double-decker bus that has been repurposed into a cafe which is totally fun to experience.
Museo del Chicó houses a gorgeous chapel and extremely detailed tile work and woodwork throughout the house here. In fact, most of the original stonework and fencing still exist throughout the grounds here. They have done a great job of making sure everything is intact and preserved for future generations to enjoy. The museum holds a collection of objects that Mrs. Mercedes created while traveling across multiple continents along with collections of porcelain, glassware, and decorative art items. If you do want to hold a social event here such as a wedding or birthday party, there are three different areas to choose from. There is La Casona, which holds 180 people, La Casa del Parque which holds 100 people, and the Sede Junio room which holds 70 people.
How to Get There
You can embark on a local tour with a guide company, but you don’t have to do that! You can easily reach this destination using public transportation as well. It is just a short walk from Parque 93, so why not make a day out of viewing this safe area of Bogotá?
Admission into the museum is 7.000 COP in the general public, 5.000 COP for students, children, and seniors, children under 5 years of age get free admission. Books can be rented from the children’s library for around 25.000 COP. The museum on Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am. to 1:00 pm. and from 2:00 pm. to 4:30 pm. Mondays and Holidays are closed. Keep in mind this schedule when you’re planning a visit to Museo del Chicó.
If you need to get in touch with the staff at the venue, you can email them at email@example.com or give them a call at 57 1 6231066 extension 221.
This is found within an upscale neighborhood of Bogotá, so you will not have to worry about your safety whenever you do decide to visit this destination.
From September to October, there are a lot of events happening here put on by a local beer company and supermarket.
It only takes about an hour or less to go through the entire museum.
The crowds aren’t ever particularly busy or large here besides Sundays, so it is a great destination for those to consider who don’t enjoy the hustle and bustle of busy tourist destinations.
There is a short introductory film that is optional to watch before going through the museum. We recommend staying to watch the film so that you can get the full experience.
There is a tiny gift shop with limited items, so try to remember to bring cash along with you in case there is something that catches your eye inside.