Plaza San Pedro Claver, in front of the museum, is itself a site to behold, studded with whimsical modern sculptures apparently made from spare parts. For more, enter the smallish Museum of Modern Art, housed in a 17th-century Royal Customs House. The pleasantly air-conditioned space is packed with pieces, with a special focus on Cartagena’s own Alejandro Obregon, one of Colombia’s most celebrated expressionist painters, and Enrique Grau, a sculptor known for his Afro-Caribbean and Amerindian influences.
Exhibits change frequently, and in addition to the rotating permanent collection, young artists from around the world are often invited to exhibit here. The museum also offers classes, workshops, and movie screenings; ask what’s on if you’re interested.