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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

7 Av, 13th Zone 6 St | Building No. 5, Finca la Aurora, Guatemala City 01013, Guatemala
+502 2475 4010
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The National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a public institution and is part of the Directorate General of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Protects and disseminates the most important collection of archaeological artifacts of Mayan Culture, as well as a collection of ethnological material showing the cultural diversity of Guatemalan society. The permanent exhibition occupies 3500 square meters including pieces of jades, pottery, textiles and masks. Two rooms for temporary exhibitions present general topics of Mayan Culture and Guatemalan Archeology.
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7 Av, 13th Zone 6 St | Building No. 5, Finca la Aurora, Guatemala City 01013, Guatemala
+502 2475 4010
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The extensive collection of archeological artifacts as well as the beautiful building itself make this museum well worth a visit. Just be sure to arrange for a taxi to pick you up after your visit as it can be difficult to find one here. The...More

Thank Chapina
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I've visited a number of museums and historic sites around Guatemala, and just made it to this museum after six years of living at Lake Atitlan. The collection is quite nice--they have some impressive pieces and some parts of the museum are nicely presented. The...More

Thank Traci S
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We visited the National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology on Saturday July 1st and found it to be a fascinating way to spend an hour. The museum is fairly small in terms of exhibits and although it utilizes a large building, much of the space...More

1  Thank TimWandMelG
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Nice way to learn about the Guatemala heritage if you can’t make it to the countryside. We went on the last day of our trip and it was like a rundown of all that we got to experience culture wise in the countryside. The native...More

Thank Araian85
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Came here for a conference dinner rather surprisingly. Lovey old Hispanic buildings with some great architectural features like grand fountains in the centre of hallways. Very interesting exhibits also. Highly recommended

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 28 April 2017

This museum is a joy to visit. The architecture and presentation of exhibits enhance the visitor's ability to learn and appreciate Maya and area culture. I particularly enjoyed the excellent dioramas of village life and an excellent display of costumes. I learned many interesting facts...More

2  Thank sbrink
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Took a chance re entering Guat City to try to visit some of the better sites.we did manage to find and tour this museum, but being in the heart of the city made for a horrible trip. The chicken buses send out ridiculous amounts o...More

Thank Wapikianimoosh
deaquino31, Director General at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2017

Dear Wapikianimoosh Your message is very clear and helpful. We will send it to the city authorities and honestly, I hope something change in this crazy city. As you say, we need to work in air preservation, orientation signs, security and tourism culture. Thank you...More

Reviewed 29 March 2017

The national museum of archeology and ethnology is a great museum. It features many Mayan sculptures, bowls, music instruments, jewels, figurine, tools... Some of the artefacts are very impressive (size and detail). The artefacts are sorted by chronological order. Most of the information is in...More

Thank Jessica B
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Small, but very beautiful! I am not a big fan of the archaeology museums and went there only because it is across the street from Modern Art Museum and I am so glad I did. Some pices are so gorgeous, you just can not go...More

Thank Gerona12
Reviewed 3 March 2017

The museum has a number of very special permeant exhibits. There is the vault with the amazing jade pieces from archaeological sites in the country as well the actual wood lintels form temples at Tikal. They have recently remodeled the Preclassic exhibits and here are...More

Thank Anabel-2013
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