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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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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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Excellent small museum -- helpful addition to Tikal visit.

I wasn't expecting much, but this is nice little visit if you have some time in Guato. I only linger on the nicer pieces, and I was able to finish the visit in 90 minutes. While... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Southlake, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't expecting much, but this is nice little visit if you have some time in Guato. I only linger on the nicer pieces, and I was able to finish the visit in 90 minutes. While there are hundreds of pieces, only a small portion of them are stunners. The throne from Piedras Negras was my favorite. It is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For those who are interested in the ancient Mayan civilisation and how the nation has developed, this place is a must in your itinerary.

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Durham, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was amazing and offered so much history displayed as original works. Everything was labeled so museum-goers would know exactly what/where the items were.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

from the outside, it doesnt look like much. but once you enter, this museum has a great collection of pottery, stelae, jewelry, clothing, dioramas, etc. w/ most descriptions in English as well as Spanish. one of the better archaeology museums i've visited!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 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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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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