National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Guatemala City: Hours, Address, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Reviews: 4.5/5

National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
4.5
Natural History Museums • History Museums
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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 Archaeology.
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1-2 hours
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Cosmo
Saratoga Springs, NY25 contributions
Mayan relics in Guatemala City
Jan 2020
We were not expecting to spend as much time as we did here. The Mayan estelas are particularly striking. There were a number of small statuettes from both the classic and post-classic periods that were well displayed. Some sections of the museum did not have descriptions in English which was a little frustrating.
Written January 17, 2020
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ835 contributions
must see of Mayan history
Dec 2019
The museum is organized into pre classic, classic and post classic exhibits of the Mayan civilizations. It is a good way to get background before going to the actual ruins.
Written December 30, 2019
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bljones
Columbus, OH107 contributions
Worth the time
Nov 2019 • Friends
My adult daughter and I enjoyed our visit to the National Archaeology Museum. We spent about 90 minutes and were able to see the entire museum. We went at opening so we had time to see the many items. On our way out, we saw large groups entering and were happy we came at the open.
Written November 3, 2019
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Getaway636771
Birmingham, AL90 contributions
Interesting, but left a lot to be desired
May 2019 • Couples
Although interesting, it looks like this is more for field trips for children than for actual history buffs. The anthropology museum in Mexico City is way better.
Written October 13, 2019
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retired and traveling
117 contributions
Museo del Archaelogico
Oct 2019
We enjoyed the museum. The displays start in the earliest pre Mayan period and went through the Spanish arrival. There was lots of pottery and quite a few very large stellae. More than 1/2 the display did have sign in English and Spanish. The building is pretty also.
Written October 3, 2019
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Travellerfr0mH0lland
The Netherlands292 contributions
Worth a visit before exploring Guatemala
Jul 2019 • Family
Before touring the archeological Mayan sites in Guatemala, this is one of the 3 museums in Guatemala City which is worth a visit. Only 'disappointment' in this museum is that there are hardly any explanations in the English language apart from the Spanish.
Written July 29, 2019
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ravifour
Pearland, TX153 contributions
Great Museum, a lot of Archaeological collection from Guatemela
Mar 2019 • Family
Very good Museum and well organized, make sure you spend 3-4 hrs minimum. A lot of great collection of Mayan, Pre Mayan artifacts and well organized. The price for foreigners is about $15-18 (USD) very high compared to locals, but worth it if you are into history and museums, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Written March 27, 2019
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onesweetgem
Sarasota, FL158 contributions
What a disappointment 😪
Feb 2019 • Couples
We had a tour and the tour operator said we did not have time to see the museum with the tour so he dropped us off. Museum did not take dollars and we were leaving the next morning. Also, there are no audio guides. We were obviously upset so after much conversation and discussion, he let us go in with a $10 bill. Admission is $7.50 in Guatemalan money. Our tour guide should have warned us😬we loved Guatemala in spite of problems at the museum.
Written February 18, 2019
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Arriet
Boca Raton, FL297 contributions
Only they Currency
Feb 2019 • Couples
After our 1/2 city tour our guide dropped us off at museum area without tell us they only take they currency no credit cards no$$ no Air conditioning no one spoke English finally a security guard try to help us he was very nice 4 of the 6 people finally paid 10 American dollars and walked in to see the museum there was very little in English they were there maybe 30 minutes they thought it was interesting unfortunately if they had some more in English all of us would have gone in and if we Know we need they Currency that would’ve been a lot more helpful before we got there
Written February 15, 2019
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evanses5
Miami, FL959 contributions
Small but good collection
Jan 2019 • Friends
We enjoyed an hour visit here. It had a nice collection but most explanations in Spanish with no options to interpret to English
Written January 24, 2019
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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is open:
  • Tue - Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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