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Museum Guide for Puerto Vallarta

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This guide will take you through the ancient history and culture of Puerto Vallarta and show you examples of modern and contemporary art from this region. You'll get to admire different kinds of artwork made by a great variety of artists, from Huicholes to modern-day painters and sculptors.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Galleria Dante

Art Galleries

Peyote People

Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries, Art Museums

Museum Rio Cuale

History Museums

The Loft Galeria

Art Galleries

Galeria Olinala

Speciality Museums

Majolica Antica

Art Galleries

Galeria de Arte Mata Ortiz

Art Galleries

Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos

Art Galleries

Puerto Vallarta Gallery

Art Galleries

Puerco Azul

Art Galleries

Enrique A's City Tips

  • Since most of the galleries are located downtown, you can easily grab a snack or a drink easily in between art viewing.
  • The weekly art walk — which takes place every Wednesday (6-10pm) from October to May — is a great way to see a lot of cool galleries and also to enjoy the local community. Bring comfortable shoes!
  • The Huichol Indians belong to one of the best-preserved Pre-Columbian tribes in the Western Hemisphere, and many galleries feature their work. Consider buying something as a truly unique and authentic souvenir.
  • Galleria Dante
    Art Galleries
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    Enrique A Says:

    The Galleria Dante is located in an interesting building, and you can enjoy a glass of wine while appreciating contemporary art, painting and sculptures crafted by local artists. The tapas bar above the gallery provides great views of Puerto Vallarta.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • On Wednesdays during high season, you can join a tour of the gallery to get to know the art pieces better.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magnificent, Make you feel good place !!!! 22/05/2019
    • A Treat for the Senses! 20/05/2019
    • Galleria Dante
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo 269
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 2477
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Peyote People
    Gift & Speciality Shops, Art Galleries, Art Museums
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    Enrique A Says:

    Peyote People is much more than just an art gallery. It has been recognized by the Huichol Indian Traditional Government of San Andres, Cohamaita because it not only promotes the artwork but helps to preserve the Huichol customs and traditions. The gallery operates on a fair trade, co-operative system, with the owners, a Mexican-Canadian couple, providing Huichol families with artistic materials. The finished projects are colorful handicrafts that that incorporate images that the artists actually see when they eat peyote as part of their religious rituals.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buying wares here is not only shopping for souvenirs but directly supporting the Huichol people.
    • Try to visit on a Tuesday, when the owners lead a sculpture walk.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 48 Museums in Puerto Vallarta
    • Beautiul art work 26/05/2019
    • Go to Their Galley off the Beach for the Widest Selection 25/04/2019
    • Peyote People
    Address:
    Calle Juarez 222
    Colonia Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    222-6268
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museum Rio Cuale
    History Museums
    Enrique A Says:

    If you are interested in ancient Mexican history, come to the Rio Cuale museum and learn more about the Purepechas, the pre-Hispanic people who lived in this area. There is also a naval exhibition and some interesting archaeological pieces on display.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The entrance is free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Free Museum excellent diversion for 30 minutes of educational time 15/06/2019
    • Small 26/05/2019
    • Museum Rio Cuale
    Address:
    La Isla de Rio Cuale
    Puerto Vallarta 43810
    Mexico
  • The Loft Galeria
    Art Galleries
    Enrique A Says:

    The Loft Galeria is a small, cozy space with a lovely exhibition of art and jewelry by both international and local artists. The collection is truly diverse, and the staff and owner are very helpful and knowledgable about the individual pieces.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Loft Galeria is part of the weekly art walk in Puerto Vallarta.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Interesting collection 04/04/2018
    • Adorable location 22/04/2016
    • The Loft Galeria
    Address:
    Calle Corona 176-A
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 6353
    Other:
  • Galeria Olinala
    Speciality Museums
    Enrique A Says:

    Named for a mountainous Nahuatl village, Galeria Olinala displays and sells ceremonial masks that have been worn in rituals for various local cultures. Whether they depict, peacocks, jaguars, tigers, or devils, these masks represent mysticism, magic, and religious beliefs essential to local ethnic groups. The vibrant colors and themes will catch your eye in an instant!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The handmade and historic masks are not cheap, but they make truly special souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Not Enough Superlatives… 10/05/2019
    • Nice stuff 03/05/2017
    • Galeria Olinala
    Address:
    Calle Lazaro Cardenas 274
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 4995
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Other:
  • Majolica Antica
    Art Galleries
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you want to purchase genuine, high quality talavera (pottery), Majolica Antica is the place. The kind, informative owner will tell you all about the production process and history of the talavera.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask for a special price if you're buying more than one piece.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Lovely products - rude salesperson 03/03/2019
    • Absolutely Beautiful 20/02/2019
    • Majolica Antica
    Address:
    Calle Corona 191
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 3180
  • Galeria de Arte Mata Ortiz
    Art Galleries
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    Enrique A Says:

    Located in the airport, Galeria de Arte Mata Ortiz is a great place to do some emergency shopping! At Mata Ortiz you'll find a small art exhibition as well as jewelry and intricately designed pots.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The pieces here are not cheap, but the materials are beautiful and the designs outstanding.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Airport prices but beautiful pieces 07/11/2018
    • rip off 10/02/2018
    • Galeria de Arte Mata Ortiz
    Address:
    Vallarta Airport Gallery
    Carretera a Tepic, Km 7,5, Col Villa de las flores, C.P. 48311
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 7407
    Other:
  • Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos
    Art Galleries
    Enrique A Says:

    Ambos is a contemporary art gallery that stands out from the traditional galleries in Puerto Vallarta with fresh and very interesting temporary exhibitions. Some of the artists exhibiting work at the gallery and are happy to show you around and talk to you about their art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask the staff about international shipping; they will be happy to help.
    • Ambos is located on Basilio Badillo Street, which hosts a popular street party two Fridays a month between 6-10 pm (November to April only).
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • New gallery. 11/05/2013
    • A New Destination in the Romantic Zone! 08/02/2012
    • Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo # 261
    Col. Emiliano Zapata, CP.
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    222-3520
    Other:
  • Puerto Vallarta Gallery
    Art Galleries
    Enrique A Says:

    The sculptures at Puerto Vallarta Gallery are outstanding and very unique, made of different materials such as clay, metal, and glass. The prices are also very accessible and there are pieces to suit most budgets.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The gallery also hosts art classes; call ahead for times and prices.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #89 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Art collectors' paradice 10/06/2013
    • Finding your creative self! 29/03/2012
    • Puerto Vallarta Gallery
    Address:
    Arte 550
    Hidalgo #55
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Other:
  • Puerco Azul
    Art Galleries
    Enrique A Says:

    At Puerco Azul, you can find lots of different art pieces, from paintings to papier-maché sculptures. The staff is really kind and attentive, and will find a piece that suits your interests and budget.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you're buying a lot of pieces and want them shipped internationally, talk to the staff and they will help you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Great shop for goodies 28/12/2011
    • What a wonderful place 28/11/2007
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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