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Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore

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Address: Ingavi 916, La Paz, Bolivia
Phone Number:
+591 2 2408640
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09:00 - 12:30
15:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 12:30
Mon - Fri 15:00 - 19:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The highlight of this museum is the 3000 Years of Textiles exhibit, a...

The highlight of this museum is the 3000 Years of Textiles exhibit, a display of brilliantly colored skirts, blankets and ponchos used by women to carry their children – each one a piece of artwork in itself.

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Awesome museum, a Bolivia highligjt

Don't hesitate to go to the museum of ethnography & folklore, it's absolutely brilliant. In my 3 months between Chile, Perú & Bolivia it's in my top 3 muesuems! From my... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't hesitate to go to the museum of ethnography & folklore, it's absolutely brilliant. In my 3 months between Chile, Perú & Bolivia it's in my top 3 muesuems! From my perspective it's current top 3 are: 1/ temporary exhibition space showing social ephemera from 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's loved seeing how Bolivia has changed 2/ the stunning masks -... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to a lot of museums during my months in Latinamerica - but this one has a few unique features. The first exhibit goes into a lot of depth about textiles - the process is laid out from llama to finished product, with many beautiful examples. There is also a fantastic display of ceremonial masks, though from memory, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

You can find there stuff that is catchy even for nonfans of museums and some basic information that every visitor of South America should know about the culture. There are many interesting expositions e.g. the evolution of natives and their origin from the first people till today, the tradition of weaving and their hats or masks and their use etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Before you go anywhere else in the country, this museum will give you an excellent overview of Bolivian culture and history. Before you go textile shopping in Sagárnaga street, you need to see their textile and lluchu (hats) collection to appreciate the artisan work behind it. Before you go to the salt flats or the Amazon, you need to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Museum tells the history of the Andean clothing and cultural aspects. The temporary shows are also incredible. There is a Cafe downstairs also. A must go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great display of ceremonial masks - very well done. The ceramics, textiles, metal-work and feathered costumes were also great. Sure, there is little interpretive signage in English, but what the heck, I just made it up!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We went to MUSEF with my sister and brother-in-law. We took a very informative tour, which introduced us to Tiawanaku, a civilization that predated the Inca. Quite the surprise to us naive Americans. It led us to Tiawanaku, which is an archaeological site well worth a visit in its own right. MUSEF is on Calle Jaen, which is a beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

A wonderful museum; a must visit. I recommend to start here before even visiting the rest of the country. It will create a great awareness to the fabulous cultures, colors, archeology that will be found along the way. This museum is very well organized into several thematic rooms. The masks room just amazed me so much. Make sure you have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Good organized and well equipped museum for 20Bs. Recommended to bring a 2 hour time and advanced Spanish language level or book an English speaking guide. There are temporary expositions that are included in the price.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Favorite parts for me was textiles & ceramics. Lots of examples of each. Plus, the videos are well worth a watch. Very educational to see the processes broken down, step by step. Wish I was that talented...

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