San Salvador and the area just outside the city are home to several well-visited museums including the Museo Nacional de Antropología, the anthropological museum, which is home to several major finds from around the country and chronicles the pre-Colombian people that lived in the region including the Pipil tribe. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am until 5pm. All of the exhibits are in Spanish.  Guided tours are free.

Outside the city is the old Ilopango International Airport, which is no longer used for passenger airline travel, but is the site of the famous Latin American Ilopango Air Show. The small, but interesting aviation museum makes for a nice diversion if you’re in the area.

The Museo de Arte -  MARTE houses the country’s collection of national art and hosts international exhibits throughout the year. It is open daily, except for Mondays. They offer free guided tours in english, french, and spanish if contacted in advance. While still under renovation the nearby old national palace will house the National Archives and the National Museums. Current displays include fossils of various species that lived in he region. Younger visitors will surely enjoy a trip the Tin Marin Museum, which is the city’s main science museum. It is packed with fascinating exhibits that offer a hand’s on approach to nature and the world.

In the old “El Zapote” barracks, which were constructed at the end of the 19 th century is housed the Museo Militar, or Military Museum. Within the citadel is a collection of uniforms dating back to the Spanish colonial era, and include those from the wars of liberation as well as a collection of weapons and other artifacts from the Salvadoran military.