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“Surprisingly good but on weekends you cannot see the jade mask.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
6 St & 7 Av, 13th Zone | Building No. 5, Finca la Aurora, Guatemala City 01013, Guatemala
+502 2475 4010
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Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Cuernavaca, Mexico
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“Surprisingly good but on weekends you cannot see the jade mask.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

I went to this museum on the strength of seeing images of the famous jade mask taken out of Tikal. When I arrived I discovered that it was not displayed at weekends! Notwithstanding, the museum has a good collection of artifacts on display, including monumental stelae with magnificent bas reliefs, jade objects, and a display of indigenous costumes. It merits an hour or even two of your time and you could combine it with a visit to the neighbouring museum of moden art.

Visited December 2013
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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“Fascinating display of history!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This is an excellent start for anyone thinking of visiting Tikal or other ruins as I did the day after going to the museum. There is a great amount of work on display including stone carvings, jewelry, textiles, apparel and much more! All that said, information was in quite a bit of disarray with placards referencing paintings that weren't on the wall and less than half of the provided information is in Spanish alone. For the $7 entrance, it is nonetheless a must visit if you have the time. (And also visit the Modern Art Museum across the plaza for some juxtaposition!)

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“Definitely worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We decided to visit Guatemala City only because of this museum and it was worth it. It's easier if you understand Spanish though.

Visited January 2013
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“Ancient Maya civilzaton at a glance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I like musums with history and loads of artifacts. This is one for that, even if you don't read Spanish, for there was sufficient information that gave you the different periods (pre-classic, classic and post classic) for one to comprehend what was displayed. How many visitors read ancient Maya gliphs? Relatively none or few, so with that in mind the displays and exhibits were magnificent as one moved from era to era seeing jade, pottery, wood carvings, obsidian artifacts and carved alters and stellia. If you like to use you imagination and learn, this is a wonderful experience.

Visited September 2013
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“Very old and sad place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Looks very old even when its already remodelated, very small and boared. Its the best museum between the sience museum and the art museum, still sad and boaring place, i wont visit this place in a while "10 years" probably will get better

Visited November 2012
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