Museo Popol Vuh
Museo Popol Vuh
4.5
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9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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This is one of Central America's most famous Maya art museums. Its collection is renown due to its large number of funerary urns. It also includes unique Maya pottery pieces and other artifacts spanning from 2000 B.C. through colonial times.
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Inga_K_K
Quito, Ecuador350 contributions
Great museum, totally worth to spend a couple of hours admiring the beautiful artifacts. Just prefect to plan just after arrival or before departure to the country, as it is located not far from airport. Despite the bad reputation of Guatemala city, the particular area of museum felt rather safe.
Written 13 December 2021
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Catherine N Wilde
38 contributions
I am a professor of the ancient Maya, and this museum has a spectacular collection with a rotating exhibit. Although the average visitor might take around 45-1hr here, it is well worth a visit, as they frequently exhibit pieces that are of great value to the study of the ancient Maya!
Written 11 August 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
The "Museo Popol Vuh" houses the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Castillo, which was donated to the "Universidad Francisco Marroquín" (UFM). This is one of the largest collections of Mayan art, including important items representing "Arte Prehispánico" (Pre-Columbian Art) and "Arte Virreinal" (Colonial Art). The museum is named after "Popol Vuh", an impressive book written right after the Spanish conquest of Guatemala, narrating the history and the myths of the Mayan culture. If you are interested in visiting museums while in Ciudad de Guatemala, combine your visit of "Museo Popol Vuh" with the visit of "Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena", that is also located at the "Centro Cultural de la Universidad Francisco Marroquín" in Zona 10. Enjoy!
Written 11 August 2020
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Tony A
New York34 contributions
small museum, but nice collection. I recommend it.
in addition, it is next door to the traditional textile museum (also a must see)
Written 10 March 2020
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Nirmal S
London, England, United Kingdom385 contributions
It is a small archaeological museum worth a visit when in Guatemala. We had a guide who was passionate about her knowledge and that made exhibits and history of the country interesting.
Written 1 February 2020
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ849 contributions
The museum is a tribute the the Mayan belief system and the myth surrounding their beginnings. There is emphasis on the world above and the underworld.
Written 30 December 2019
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Panamajoe2017
Sechelt, Canada319 contributions
Solo
This museum is very small but full of wonderful pieces. The signs are in Spanish and English and give a lot of information. Admission is 45 Q, and another fifteen for taking photos, which is unnecessary as no one checked me and I snapped away like mad. A little pricey for what it is. Same price for the textile museum in the same place. I didn’t do that one as there are no price reductions for seniors and it seemed like a lot to pay. Good video in the Popol about how they figured out the Mayan symbols.
Written 13 December 2019
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,226 contributions
Couples
This small museum is truly a gem in Guatemala and should be in anyone’s list while in town. While it is small containing only less than 10 rooms its exhibits and the way to tell the story is superb, organized chronologically in five segments starting from pre-columbian period (before 1500s BC) down classic and colonial period (1600s-1800s). There are many interesting pieces exhibited and related to many tribes including Mayan in Guatemala.

Tip. Don’t miss the twin museum of Ixchel showcasing Mayan textiles.
Tip. It is a bit difficult to come here and we recommend to take Uber here.
Written 23 October 2019
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retired and traveling
140 contributions
The museum is on the campus of Universidad Francisco Marroquin. We took a taxi from our hotel. This museum has an amazing collection of Mayan pottery. I was super impressed. I saw some really unique and interesting pieces. We spent about 2 hours here.
Written 6 October 2019
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sailingwahoo
11 contributions
Couples
This is the most through museum we have been to on Mayan art, culture and history. The collection is extremely well laid out and inclusive of each period from pre- Colombian to Spanish invasion.
We were so happy to find all signage in both Spanish and English.
A great way to spend some time in Guatemala City. 40q per person

There is another museum very worth a visit on level one. It was hard to find but so worth it. This museum tells the story of the conquest of Guatemala as told through a Mayan drawing of the conquest done at the time of the conquest.
It is called Quauhquechollan. That was the name of a Mexican town that joined with Conquistador Jorge Alvarado to control Guatemala. A dozen Individual videos break down the huge drawing and tell the story. The videos are available in 7 languages. 35q per person.
Written 1 August 2019
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