Paying romantic tribute to Uruguay’s gauchos and indigenous peoples, this museum’s collection includes stools made from leather and cow bones, elegantly worked silver spurs and other accessories of rural life.
In this beautiful old house, you’ll find Portuguese relics including porcelain, furniture, maps, Manuel Lobo’s family tree and the old stone shield that once adorned the Portón de Campo.
Houses an eclectic collection of treasures including a whale skeleton, an enormous rudder from a shipwreck, historical timelines and a scale model of Colonia (c 1762).
One of the prettiest colonial homes in town, with period furniture, thick whitewashed walls, wavy glass and original lintels (duck if you’re tall!).
On the northwest edge of the plaza, Archivo Regional contains historical documents along with pottery and glass excavated from the 18th-century Casa de los Gobernadores nearby.
One of the town’s most prominent landmarks, Colonia’s 19th-century lighthouse provides an excellent view of the old town and the Río de la Plata. It stands within the ruins of the 17th-century Convento de San Franci…
This dinky 17th-century stone house has a sampling of French, Catalan and Neapolitan tilework.
Houses Roberto Banchero’s personal collection of Charrúa stone tools, exhibits on indigenous history, and an amusing map upstairs showing how many European countries could fit inside Uruguay’s borders (it’s at least…
Scheduled to reopen in 2016 after a long period of restoration, this museum has a varied collection of Spanish artifacts, including colonial pottery, engravings, clothing and maps.
Incorporating part of the city’s ancient fortifications, this theater and gallery complex adjacent to Colonia's Puerto Viejo hosts rotating art exhibits and periodic concerts. The grassy riverside grounds out back, …