La Merced Archaeological Museum
It is home to many everyday items of the region's pre-Colombian cultures.
Exploring the depths
If you would like to find out about the history of Cali from the inside, you are in the right place. La Merced Archaeological Museum, which is part of the religious complex from which it takes its name, is significant because it houses a large collection of items belonging to the most important pre-Columbian cultures in the Cauca region, the Calima, Quimbaya, Tumaco and Tolima, to name just a few: through its six rooms (plus one more dedicated to temporary exhibitions) it provides a comprehensive overview of different aspects of daily life of these civilizations, such as the religious acts, the different trades and funeral rites: the beauty of its pottery pieces is unparalleled, and its urns, pots and effigies will take you into a fascinating world. The replica of the hypogeum which is in its central patio, built underground, is particularly noteworthy. The museum was opened in 1978, and since then it has programmed seminars, workshops and conferences on the culture of the region.