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Colombia at the Smithsonian: Colombian Presence in the Collections of the Smithsonian Institution

September 6, 2006 – January 17, 2007

Museum: Smithsonian Castle

Location: Schermer Hall, West Wing

Approximately 80 rarely seen objects and artworks selected from the Smithsonian's varied collections reflect Colombia's rich artistic, historic, cultural, and natural heritage.

  • Highlights of the country's biological and geological diversity include insects (butterflies and beetles), minerals (emeralds), metals (gold), botanical materials, and research photographs. Items are from the National Museum of Natural History's collection. 
  • Highlights of the country's history include coinage, currency, and postage stamps that depict the colonial period through the War for Independence to the present. Items are from the National Museum of American History's and the National Postal Museum's collections. 
  • Highlights of Columbia's cultural continuity reflecting the relationship between past and present-day indigenous people include a Muisca ceramic warrior figure and a variety of gold pieces dating back to 1400. Items are from the National Museum of the American Indian's collection.
  • Highlights of the country's contemporary art are two works by renowned painter Fernando Botero, who was born in Medellin, Colombia. Works are from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's collection. 
  • Highlights of the country's music can be heard in a booth from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Nov. 15). Organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center.