Gold of El Dorado: Pre-Hispanic Art of Colombia

Wonderful stories abound in the land that is now Colombia, with tales of rituals and traditions that flourished prior to the coming of the Spaniards. This exhibition focuses on gold in the life of the people native to this land before the European invasion in the 1530s.


Gold of El Dorado: Pre-Hispanic Art of Colombia provides resources to enhance our knowledge of these peoples, their lives, beliefs and values, and the place of gold in their world. Panel topics include:

  • Native industry, from mining and smelting to designing and producing gold objects
  • Gold as a medium of exchange for salt, textiles, and emeralds
  • The Legend of El Dorado
  • The Sacred Lake
  • European explorers
  • Burial of the dead
  • Objects of gold

Gold of El Dorado is an exhibition organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Exhibition Format

Content6 double-sided panels (24” x 36”)
7 support legs (68” tall)
Space Requirements75 square feet of floor space (5’ x 15’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 plastic cases:
  • 41” x 29” x 9” - 85 lbs.
  • 81” x 7” x 8” - 35 lbs.
Rental Fee*$250*
Rental Period4 week

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 brochures narrating the legend of El Dorado, in English
  • 50 brochures narrating the legend of El Dorado, in Spanish
  • 1 catalog by the Royal Academy, London, and Museo del Oro, Bogotá

Publicity Materials

Press release

Gold of El Dorado press release.

Publicity image

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Humanities Texas logos

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2021-2022 Bookings

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