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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

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Address: 7 Av, 13th Zone 6 St | Building No. 5, Finca la Aurora, Guatemala City 01013, Guatemala
Phone Number: +502 2475 4010
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The National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a public institution...

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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Good museum, full of interesting pieces and a nice addition if you have been to Peten. I particularly enjoyed the section on the ruins found in Guatemala Ciudad, and the Tikal... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Bruxelles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good museum, full of interesting pieces and a nice addition if you have been to Peten. I particularly enjoyed the section on the ruins found in Guatemala Ciudad, and the Tikal section.

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

I spent nearly 6 hours here and didn't see everything!! The exhibits are so instructive and excellently laid out. Many explanations in English, but many, especially the Tikal exhibit in Spanish only. Lucky for me, I'm learning the language so it was OK. I tend to be very pokey in museums, wanting to really examine each piece and exhibit, which... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

The museum has a lot of beautiful artefacts, including a fantastic collection of stele, most with very thorough descriptions. The first half of the museum feels a little bit better curated - the second half has mostly info in spanish and not too well presented - it looks a bit like a work in progress. I thought it was well... More 

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2 Thank ComradeRose
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Took me a bit to find it as I walked there from my hotel by the airport. Not the most pleasant of walks to get there but then Guatemala City is not the nicest city for pedestrians. I asked several people for directions but no-one had heard of it! Eventually I found it and it's a little gem of a... More 

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2 Thank Ricardo B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I've been to Guatemala multiple times but my first visit to a museum. First know if you a Guatemalan citizen you pay 5Qs (not even a dollar) and tourists pay 60Qs which is like 8 dollars. I don't think there was AC but it wasn't bad. Very small museum and some exhibits had translations and some didn't. I assume they... More 

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3 Thank Vivian H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I absolutely love visiting this museum. It is full of many different pieces and exhibits, allowing you to experience some of the Mayan culture. It is a hidden treasure. I don't think I would take my littlies here yet. But older children could learn a lot and enjoy the artifacts.

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Thank Guatechic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

If you are going to visit one museum in the Ciudad, it as to be this one. The artifact collection in mindblowing, and the stelae garden in out-of-this world.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This museum has a great collection of Mayan artifacts arranged chronologically. Very impressive. Most all of the displays have English labels. They seem to be adding English explanations. The ethology museum is part of the same complex with displays of clothing of the different indigenous groups.

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Thank BaltoROberta
Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

This museum has astonishing objects, really unique pieces of art, but the displays are old, covered with dust, old fashioned and careless. The exhibition had been the same since more than twenty years. And the staff sometimes is rude and unrespectful with the visitors. The building was not designed to be the home of a museum. However... it deserves a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This museum exhibits mostly quality Maya artifacts from various sites in Guatemala. The design idea of the museum is not always evident, and there is not a lot of explanation.The exhibits are mostly labeled in Spanish only, and with some exceptions very little information is given.There also is a large and interesting model of Tikal. The museum is definitely worth... More 

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