El Castillo Museum

El Castillo Museum and Gardens is a Colombian museum in El Poblado, Medellín City. It is a popular tourist destination and is one of the activities you can enjoy during spring and summer.

Nowadays, it is a museum, but it used to be the house of a wealthy family from the 40s. The Gothic-style building was built in 1930 by the architect Nel Rodrígues inspired by castles in Lorey Valley, France. 

Initially, it was the house of the physician José Tobón Uribe until 1943, when he sold it to Diego Echavarría Misas. José Tobón Uribe was one of the affluent men in Medellín during his time: the largest shareholder of the Colombian Tobacco company and the largest brewery as well. He also co-founded printed media such as magazines and newspapers.

Diego Echevarría Misas bought the house in 1943, a businessman who contributed to developing different counties in Medellín city. After his death, his wife Benedikta Zur Nieden, known as Dita, decided to donate the house and all its furnishings, and it became a museum in Medellín.

Tourists can enjoy a stroll in the museum to appreciate the architecture and its gardens. It’s better to arrive early in the morning, as it is less humid and crowded. Keep in mind that taking pictures with cameras or smartphones is strictly prohibited.

Driving Directions From El Castillo Museum To Rebel Barbers

It’s a 15-minute drive from El Castillo Museum to Rebel Barbers.  

Via Carrera 34/Transversal Intermedia, 11 minute drive, 2.1 miles. The fastest route, it avoids closures on Carrera 34:

  1. Head south on Calle 9 Sur / Los Balsos toward Museo El Castillo
  2. Turn left onto Cl. 8 Sur/Cl. 9Sur / Los Balsos
  3. Turn right onto Cra. 35
  4. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Cra. 35/Trasversal Intermedia
  5. Continue on Cl. 5 Sur. Take Cra. 30 and Cl. 1 to Cra. 34/Trasversal Intermedia
    1. Turn right onto Cl. 5 Sur
    2. Turn left onto Cra. 30
    3. Turn left onto Cl. 1
    4. Turn right onto Cra 33
    5. Continue onto Cl. 5A
  6. Continue on Cra. 34/Trasversal Intermedia to Cra. 36
    1. Turn right onto Cra. 34/Trasversal Intermedia
    2. Turn left onto Cl 10A
  7. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto Cra. 36
  8. You arrived at Rebel Barbers Barbershop

Driving Directions From El Castillo Museum To Lleras Park

Via Carrera. 35, 13-min drive, 2.3 miles. The fastest route now avoids road closures on Cra. 34:

  1. Follow Cl. 9Sur / Los Balsos to Cra. 35
    1. Head south on Cl. 9 Sur/Cl. 9Sur / Los Balsos toward Museo El Castillo
    2. Turn left onto Cl. 8 Sur/Cl. 9Sur / Los Balsos
  2. Turn right onto Cra. 35
  3. At the roundabout, continue straight onto Cra. 35/Trasversal Intermedia
  4. Continue on Cl. 5 Sur. Take Cra. 30, Cl. 1, Cl. 5A, and Cra. 39 to Cl. 9A
    1. Turn right onto Cl. 5 Sur
    2. Continue straight to stay on Cl. 5 Sur
    3. Turn left onto Cra. 30
    4. Turn left onto Cl. 1
    5. Continue straight to stay on Cl. 1
    6. Turn right onto Cra. 35
    7. Turn left onto Cl. 5A
    8. Turn right onto Cra. 39
    9. Turn right onto Cl. 8
    10. Turn left onto Cra. 37a
    11. Turn left onto Cl. 9A