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Tikal Museum / Museo Sylvanus G. Morley

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Address: On the walkway to the ruins, Tikal National Park, Guatemala

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Beautiful Mayan ruin.

My wife and I did a tour of Tikal Mayan Ruins and really enjoyed the massive complex. The ruins are in good condition and you can get the feel for how large the city was in its... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2017
Rescue, California
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Rescue, California
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

My wife and I did a tour of Tikal Mayan Ruins and really enjoyed the massive complex. The ruins are in good condition and you can get the feel for how large the city was in its prime. We had a Guatemalan guide who really explained the buildings we viewed. There are many structures still undiscovered buried by jungle. The... More 

Thank LMotto
The Dalles, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2016

We really enjoyed visiting the museums this trip to Tikal - plenty to see and to learn if you take the time to look at the photos and read the captions.

Thank hopefulist
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

This place is magical. You will be amazed by what the Mayan did at a time Europeans were barely starting to develop... I loved the visit. We did it at sunset, but I would advise to do it on sunrise, I think it might be better :-)

Thank Debora B
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

After seeing the temples and buildings in the park which were amazing we decided to see the museum as well. They are separated into two different buildings. The first had an excellent display of ceramics in cabinets which I felt could have been changed out to better show the pieces in the main building with decent lighting and then under... More 

Thank 918RossS
Alpena, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Agree with previous posts. This is NOT the site...but two small museums. One is dedicated to cultural and artistic artifacts discovered in the excavation of Tikal (mostly ceramics). The second is a somewhat of a photographic timeline of the discovery and excavation of the site. Correction to one previous post--the cost of admission to both museums is Q30 or about... More 

Thank Rockytoo2
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,776 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

Many TripAdvisor reviewers think this “site” is the Tikal Mayan ruins. It’s a museum, folks, not the ruins. That said, the MUSEUM at the Tikal site is a bit underwhelming, but given the nominal entrance fee any information preceding touring the ruins is worth the orientation. That said, the Sylvannus G. Morley museum is situated to your left as facing... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Both museums at Tikal National Park are small but interesting. This one show the history of the park and the other displays some of the artifacts that have been excavated. The museums are helpful in gaining an understanding of the park as a whole.

Thank coreyjhen
Oakland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

The Maya were amazing people. The sophistication of their cities compared to Europe at the time is a shocker

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Karratha, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2015

After visitng the museum at Santa Domingo, and the Archealogical Museum in Mexico this place is a huge disappointment. There should be more money going in to preserve and dispaly Tikal as the amazing place it is, unfortunately the powers that be have not done this place justice

Thank Deb K
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2015

Tikal was a beautiful, incredible place with plenty to see and do. We paid for a private day tour which was 3 hours in total which was enough time to enjoy and look around. Don't miss it

Thank Alison C

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