We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum

Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (75)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average17%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
Our company has evolved as a leader in reintroducing Maya jade to the world through the discovery, mining and working of Guatemala's fine jadeite jade. Guatemala shares with Myanmar (formerly Burma) the distinction of being one of the world's major...more
4a. Calle Oriente No. 34, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
+502 7931 2400
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Antigua
from $15.00
More Info
from $99.00
More Info
from $25.00
More Info
from $90.00
More Info
Reviews (219)
Filter reviews
177 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews mary lou different colors interesting presentation various cities interesting visit beautiful jewelry for sale cruise ship great shopping gift shop on display great introduction santo domingo central park showroom mines craftsmen
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 177 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a very (too) quick tour of the museum, you are led to the shop with a unbelieved choice of jewelleries. The prices seem ok regarding the quality. All price are in dollars but when you want to pay they convert the price in quetzals...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Patrice_VDD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was unaware that Guatemala was known for its jade, which was only just discovered in the 1970’s. The factory has craftsmen cutting, carving and polishing the jade. We even saw one man piecing various jade pieces together on a form, making a Mayan mask....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tagnrocky
Reviewed December 16, 2018

All tours and buses drop off and pick up at Jade Maya, which makes it a very busy tourist stop. I have no idea of the quality and prices of the Jade, the whole place seems like a weird rip-off to me. It is interesting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Martha M
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Went here as part of a tour off our cruise ship. Jade is their only business and they tell their story very well. See/hear the history then go shopping. Price range for every budget.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank PasssionateTraveler
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

Very nice museum and shop! Not pushy at all. Coffee samples. Various prices from expensive to inexpensive. So glad we stopped.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank TinaT525
Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Located in a market of stalls selling local crafts etc, this museum is free to go round and tells the interesting story of Jade. Jade Maya was founded in 1974 by Jay and Mary Lou Ridinger who were anxious not to exploit the locals and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 09SueP
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Jade is an important part of Guatemala and a trip to this museum allows you to hear about the history (from one of the people behind a big find that reinvigorated the industry), see Jade being used look at a number of artefacts and then...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TonyC104
Reviewed September 27, 2018

I had attended a seminar put on by the owner of the Museum, Mary Lou Ridinger. We then had the opportunity to tour the Museum and watch Jade being cut into jewelry size pieces. My wife purchased a beautiful Jade ring. We got to see...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank browncondo2102
Reviewed September 5, 2018

this jade shop also has a little museum exhibition to learn more about Guatemalan Jade (always fun to strike the stone!). The pieces here are lovely, but it was definitely the staff that made this place a gem. I was able to purchase in store...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ChrisW9565
Reviewed August 26, 2018

we love going to the jade factory. The people are incredibly nice, helpful and informative. We always pick up and piece or two on our visit from this very authentic shop

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mpmulholland
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Marilyn P
November 13, 2018|
Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
I saw a Mayan calendar that listed Nov. 19- Dec. 9 as Jaguar. Sorry this is so late; we were on a 28 day cruise without Internet when this was posted. Hope it helps.
Rose F
October 10, 2016|
Response from amomsreviews |
Yes. They also accept credit cards.