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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 January 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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,

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Carson City, NV
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Carmel, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014

We visited the museum on a weekday afternoon. It's a beautiful bright coral colored building, and there are two other museums next to it. We visited the Museum of Modern Art as well. It is very inexpensive to visit both museums. The employees do not speak English, but all you need to do is buy your ticket from them. All... More 

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Tikal National Park, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014

This museum is the best you can find,guives you the idea of the Mayan ruins in Guatemala,it has an exemple of sculptures,it has an excelent scale model of tikal,a good colection of textile with its history,the jade volt is beatiful but it is open only three days per week.the building that have it is spanish colonial times, the building dates... More 

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Dallas, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

My co workers and I took time to get to the museum and had a wonderful time. Even though one of our party wasn't a history buff she still was fascinated by the artwork and textiles. Don't miss the chance to see history up close.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2014

extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts -- interpretation primarily in Spanish. Excellent overview of the sites and collection of materials excavated over many years.

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

A good collection of various artifacts,some quite stunning. Our visit was too brief,but so glad we went. If you want to see Mayan,you should stop here.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

If you are used to perfect museums in other places, you could find some fault with curatorial details such as pedestal color and lighting. However, I give them a top score because I am in love with the art & culture of Guatemala -- and the museum did a fine job of teaching more about these topics.

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