Casa Museo Otraparte is a modest house that has been converted into a museum dedicated to the Colombian existential philosopher and writer Fernando GonzÃ¡les.
GonzÃ¡les was born in Envigado however he pursued a degree in law at the University of Antioquia. This led to a career as a judge in Manizales and work as a consul of Colombia to Italy.
His eventual return to Envigado started the construction of his villa. The villa was originally named La Huerta del AlemÃ¡n, which translates to â€œThe Garden of the Germanâ€ after the previous owner of the land. However, the events of World War II made GonzÃ¡les change the name to Otraparte or â€œOther Placeâ€.
Casa Museo Otraparte is the former residence of GonzÃ¡les situated in a beautiful garden in Envigado.
The museum aims to transport visitors to the time of GonzÃ¡les. The displays in the house describe GonzÃ¡lesâ€™ life and work however these are all in Spanish.
The museum also provides its service as a cultural hub of the city. Providing screenings of international and independent films, art lectures as well as musical performances and other events.
Attached to the museum is CafÃ© Otraparte, which has a seating area in the garden area. The CafÃ© has a fine selection of coffee, desserts and other small plates. It is a welcome escape from the hectic life of the city.
Casa Museo Otraparte is one of the lesser-known museums in Medellin but is still worth a visit. Itâ€™s located near Calle de la Buena Mesa in Envigado, which hosts a variety of restaurants that are worth noting as well.
Find out more at their official website