National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore

National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore

National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
The museum has among its exhibitions, a collection of textiles, hats and pottery from the different regions of Bolivia. The higlights are for sure the masks display and the feather art collection. Finally, you can see a basketry, coins and metals exhibitions.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Having found this museum it is very unimpressive from the outside. The entry fee of 20BOB, US$3 also suggests nothing great here. You enter into a small courtyard thinking still this might be not worth it but then it expands into many different large modern rooms filled with artefacts each dedicated to a different history, of cloth and weaving, ceramics, music, hats by regions, minerals, money, feathers in clothing and headgear. Actually well worth a visit.
Written May 27, 2024
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Phil C
Xi'an, China126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This places seems to cover a whole host of traditional art forms and practices. It includes videos in many sections demonstrating how the pieces on display are used. A little more English on the displays would be good but otherwise great!
Written May 18, 2019
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DCtoEverywhere
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
Because it was hard to find elsewhere, here are the museum hours:
Monday-Friday: 9.00 am - 12.00 pm; 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Sunday: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm

The museum is different from most I have encountered in other South American countries because its exhibits are of textiles, masks, and birds. While others have mentioned the mask hall, I particularly liked the birds exhibit. It consisted of photos of birds with myths about them and headdresses made of feathers.

As others noted, the exhibit descriptions are only in Spanish.

Yes, tourists have to pay more than Bolivians. This does not bother me as it seems to other visitors because I believe there is nothing wrong with the government trying to encourage its citizens to visit museums such as this one by subsidizing their entrance fees.
Written September 17, 2015
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JosephMcGhee
La Paz, Bolivia1,088 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
I really liked this museum. I don't remember if they have much English descriptions but it's a really nice way to get to know a bit more about Bolivia. The visit really tweaked my interest in visit Tiwanaku. A paceño friend of mine say its the best museum in town.
Written April 14, 2015
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Ectoplasm Fantasia
Birmingham, UK2,696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A really interesting museum.

The masks were especially interesting.

Well laid out with good signage.

You won’t be disappointed.

Extra charge to take cameras/photos.
Written August 19, 2023
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¡Qué maravilla leer comentarios tan positivos como el suyo! Nos alegra que haya disfrutado su tiempo con nosotros y que nuestro museo haya tocado su corazón y mente. Cada opinión como la suya nos impulsa a seguir trabajando con pasión y dedicación. ¡Esperamos que nos visite de nuevo para descubrir más tesoros de nuestras tradiciones!
Written May 8, 2024
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
I was told that if you only have time for one museum in La Paz, choose this one. I was not disappointed. Nominal entry fee – just great value, even if the explanations are in Spanish. An interesting thing happened when I tried to take a photograph and was told in rapid Spanish that I couldn’t. I later found out that I could, but I had to pay first. Ooops. It is a small space with rooms all seeming to concentrate on one theme or another. There is an impressive collection of traditional masks, artistic feather displays, costumes, metalwork, stone statues, carvings and historical artifacts amongst the rooms. A great museum – I was given great advice.
Written October 25, 2019
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Anna L
London, UK266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
This museum has a mixture of art and historical artefacts. I especially liked the colourful traditional feather art and costumes. The rooms are divided in themes and there was a mask display, metals, stone etc. It is bigger than it looks from the outside. Definitely worth a visit if you have time. Most signs are only in Spanish though
Written May 9, 2019
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Παύλος Κ
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Yes you have to visit this museum. We were surprised by the masks and hats. Very nice atmosphere at all rooms
Written May 5, 2019
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Maureen H
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
This museum had a lot of interesting info on people culture and history. Even though info was in Spanish only we still found images artifacts and layout was never boring. Videos along the way of the people working in various crafts was also short and succinct. Recommend to all visitors.
Written May 8, 2018
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Chuck E
Washington DC, DC55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
The very large display of masks used in ceremonies was very impressive, as was the display of various hats, from old ones to modern ones. We only had an hour to visit. I think you could profitably spend 2 hours there at least.
Written March 10, 2018
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