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.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Ethnographic and Folklore Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Espana Street 74, Sucre, Bolivia
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 84 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 16
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Great masks

This museum is free. It has a fantastic collection of masks from around the country. Unfortunately you arn`t allowed to take photos

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
10_Downing_St
,
London
Add Photo Write a Review

84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 40: English reviews
London
Level Contributor
164 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum is free. It has a fantastic collection of masks from around the country. Unfortunately you arn`t allowed to take photos

Helpful?
Thank 10_Downing_St
Level Contributor
341 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This mask museum is not even 1 block away from the main plaza. It has a TON of masks on display and lots of informative signs to explain them. Each region has it's own traditions and styles of masks.

Helpful?
Thank lmari535
Mui Ne, Vietnam
Level Contributor
22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

I really enjoyed this exhibition. The masks were very well displayed and if you can read Spanish then the information on the different types of masks, the regions and their meanings will be very intetesting. The museum has several different exibitions and a lot of history on the region and country.

Helpful?
Thank donajay2015
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
222 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This museum has a good collection of lcostume and headgear worn by local tribes during their various ceremonies. Entry is free, they are more concerned that you don't take photos, and it will only take you 20 minutes or longer if you want. Unfortunately there's no English translation. The museum is just a block away from plaza 25 de Mayo.

Helpful?
Thank Alek C
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This museum is well worth your time. A great collection of Masks, clothes and local items. If you only go to one museum this is the one to see.

Helpful?
Thank jeffgdds
Level Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

The MUSEF is tiny but packed with fascinating things. The four rooms of traditional masks are very interesting and the accompanying plaques are informative, if brief and only in Spanish (get google translate for the instant text translation feature). As the rooms progress the masks get more and more intricate and beautiful. Having been to the museum, I then saw... More 

Helpful?
Thank Adrianne M
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
107 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

When I visited this free museum, it had two exhibits. One was a fantastic exhibit of masks worn at fiestas around Bolivia, including many of the devil (and one of his wife). I later saw similar masks on a video at the extraordinary Museum of Indigenous Art. The other exhibit was an unfortunately uninspiring set of woodcut prints protesting violence... More 

Helpful?
Thank Rik214
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
103 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

It is easy to miss this museum as the sign says Musef, the name of the organization running the museum. It is in the first block off the Plaza de Armas. It has a great collection of masks and photographs of carnaval dancers wearing similar masks. The information in Spanish is good. A guide came up and gave information about... More 

Helpful?
Thank R___D169
Madrid
Level Contributor
27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

It's a pitty that if you want to take picture of their wonderful masks you've to pay an extra (well like in most of the museums in Bolivia).

Helpful?
Thank Salitre30
South America
Level Contributor
441 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

A small but interesting museum. Masks from all over Bolivia some with weird and wonderful histories. Free to enter and very near the main square.

Helpful?
Thank Aidan80

Travelers who viewed Ethnographic and Folklore Museum also viewed

Sucre, Chuquisaca Department
Sucre, Chuquisaca Department
 

Been to Ethnographic and Folklore Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ethnographic and Folklore Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?