Museo de Santiago

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Museo de Santiago
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This small museum of historic artifacts and weapons is located in the Town Hall.
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Town Hall, Antigua 03001 Guatemala

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Giuseppe S
Antwerp, Belgium864 contributions
A bit messy in a beautiful setting
Feb 2018 • Solo
Supreme location, right on Park Central. It is held in a beautiful colonial building. The only disappointing is that it is a little bit messy with objects shown without a clear logic or enough explanations. You could see some cannons, portraits , swords and weapons, music instruments, wood carvings, ceramics.
Written March 12, 2018
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Cessy61
San Diego, CA82 contributions
Historic Ruins
Feb 2018 • Family
The buildings were breathtaking and the rich history and stories within these churches was so amazing.
Written March 5, 2018
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carmengonzalezh
Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador168 contributions
An old, sad museum
Jun 2015 • Friends
The experience in this museum is sad. Like many other museums in Guatemala, this one has amazing works of art, but placed in a messy, slopy environment. The museography displays and concepts are arcaic, and they are the same since 1977, when I first visited the place. The museum doesn't "tell a story". Instead, the designer had put together objects from different centuries, without a line (chronologic or tematic) that had given a sens of unity to the exposition. Althought, the building, where the University of San Carlos, the first one in Central America, had been founded, is astonishing beautiful.
Written May 17, 2016
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Donna S
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
The civic side of Antigua's colonial history
Sep 2015 • Solo
Right on the central plaza, and a nice break from all the religious sites. Ground floor has a few cannons, figures from the original fountain. Upstairs are a few original pieces of colonial furniture, a portrait gallery (including one of Don Pedro, town founder in the 1500's), and even his authentic sword (no fotos allowed). There is a gallery dedicated to representation of most of the trades practiced in the colonial period: wood-working, ceramics, ironwork, weapons, and a copy of an original book re: Maya history. They also have a hand-made marimba and other musical instruments. This is not a large museum, but does have collections worth seeing, and it's in a lovely period building. Visited on free time from my tour group.
Written January 11, 2016
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ConnieDalian_
Seattle, WA115 contributions
If this is the one I went to, a complete rip-off
Dec 2015 • Solo
For 30Q (about $4), you will spend 10-15 minutes simply moving past some old portraits (likely reproductions), some cannons (almost certainly reproductions) and misc. random stuff - there are maybe 2 swords and a small cache of knives/other weapons. That's it. Nothing in English, either. The museum seems to go by different names - Museo de Armas de Santiago is one, and it's in the Palacio Capitanes.
Written December 20, 2015
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Andres B
Antigua, Guatemala19 contributions
One of the Oldest Universities in the Region
Aug 2015 • Solo
While currently a Colonial museum, the Museum was originally the University of San Carlos. Founded in 1676 under Carlos Borromeo, the University of San Carlos was the third University to be founded in Latin America. For hundreds of years, the building served as the most prestigious center of learning in Latin America, and the only University in Guatemala.

Today, the University houses a beautiful collection of Colonial artwork including frescos, massive pieces that take up entire walls, and portraiture of the Colonial aristocracy and religious figures. It also houses cannons, statues, books, and models of Colonial structures. The Main Hall, located on the right flank of the building, is one of the most spectacular in the city. It's massive space ending in a beautifully ornate half dome.

Hours are from 9 am to 5pm with a small entrance fee of around Q40-50 (around 5 USD). Photography inside the rooms that house the exhibits is prohibited, but in the corridors and in the central courtyard it is allowed. This is for safety reasons.
Written August 12, 2015
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Leutanant_Freck
Panama Cit,y, Panama83 contributions
Open for business
Jun 2015 • Friends
Formerly the main administration building for the Spanish Crown on the Guatemala Colonial Province.

This is a huge with three indoor plazas inside. Altough the collections are not that well organized and with somewhat flimsy explanations, the fact that there are so many colonial objects available somehow makes up for it (counted no less than seven bronze cannons on display). Also of note is the original steel sword of Pedro de Alvarado (the Hernan Cortez of Guatemala) on display on a glass case, which added to the effect of looking at the red headed Conquistador portrait allows you to understand how he was able to" tame" this lands.

TIP: Right by the entrance of the building on the left side is a series of chamber rooms with a lot of interactive material on the museum building, do try to go here first and take the virtual tour so you'll get an appreciation of the entire complex before going in.
Written June 28, 2015
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TheProdigitalSon
London124 contributions
Closed for renovations
Feb 2014 • Solo
This museum and building is not open as at mid Feb due to renovations. I only gave it an average rating so I could write this.
Written February 19, 2014
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Lynn J
New Smyrna Beach, FL19 contributions
Nice Museum in Antigua
Jan 2014 • Solo
I attended the museum at Museo de Santiago. Small but very nicely layer out. The ruins in which it is located was a wonderful part of Antigua.
Written February 5, 2014
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Beachly271
Murrells Inlet, SC44 contributions
Very special collection
Jan 2013 • Couples
This collection of historic pieces juxtaposed with contemporary pieces of the same theme is fascinating and original. Well worth the time and small price.
Written February 2, 2013
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