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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
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+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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Wonderful Mayan Treasures Quiet dating from before the birth of Christ to mid 8th century A.D. Excellemt Stelae and ancient sculpture.

Reviewed 26 May 2015
Wiscasset, Maine
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Santiago, Chile
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Reviewed 7 June 2015

Lots of interesting exhibits that tell the story but nothing like what you could see in other countries. Still worth the trip.

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Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

I was so delighted to see a lot of mayan pieces, its kind a confusing trip inside the museum, needs more info and history about what they are showing or trying to show..

Thank Enrique F
deaquino31, Director General at National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your coments, those are very usuful for our renovation plan. We are working in a signal project and a new museum visitors map, to facilitate the exploration of the exhibits and the historical building. We hope you have enjoyed the visit at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala. Sincerely, More 

Wiscasset, Maine
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Reviewed 26 May 2015

Wonderful Mayan Treasures Quiet dating from before the birth of Christ to mid 8th century A.D. Excellemt Stelae and ancient sculpture.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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Reviewed 18 April 2015

The museum is really a MUST SEE if you are visiting Guatemala City! I loved the 3 components to the museum. I started with the display of musical instruments and masks; the videos are very compelling (if you are pressed for time, don't look at any of them or you will be in trouble). I moved from that to the... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

Fabulous Mayan weavings and clothing, great Piedras Negras artifacts, good relief map of Tikal, and a wide variety of carvings, figures and pots from other Mayan sites. This museum is well worth a visit.

1 Thank Retirada
Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 2 February 2015

A chronological history of Guatemala. In English and Spanish. Well worth a visit. Spent two hours there and could have stayed longer.

1 Thank JFHHMH
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Reviewed 21 January 2015

Did you know that upon request, you can rent the main patio for a memorable dinner? next to the National Museum of modern art, you can explore Guatemala's ancient story, get to know about the main Mayan Cities and enjoy the decoration of an exquisite building that used to be a ball room back In the 1920's.

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Princeville, Hawaii
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Reviewed 13 January 2015

Big building housing some nice artifacts, but some of the exhibits need some work - can we stand the people up straight! Feels less than loved .... if you have the time go, but not knock yourselves out if you cannot make it.

1 Thank uniquepartofparadise
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 28 December 2014

I was hoping to see the Tikal Mask but it was locked up with other jade artifacts. Another issue is that there is no English translation in the information plaques. Most people can walked through the museum in less than an hour,

3 Thank fidelisblue
Carson City, NV
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Reviewed 3 December 2014

This is where the Mayans come to life , so much to see , an interpreter would help if your not up on your Spanish.

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