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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
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$70.00*
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Full-Day Guatemala City Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: 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 Archeology.
Buena Park, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

So many artifacts from the ancient Mayan History. This is a must to see if you want to understand past Guatemala culture.

Visited February 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Could be better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Worth seeing if you have the time, allowing you to see some of the finds and carvings from Tikal and elsewhere. Was disappointed though. Collection is relatively small and museum could be an lot better in terms of display information, etc..

Visited October 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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600 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

The building facade is attractive. I liked the interior courtyard which has stone statures between the columns. The displays are not laid out well. There is a building map of Tikal. The cost for foreigners is about $8. There is limited English information. I was told that many of their best pieces are on loan to other museums outside the country.

Visited December 2013
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Madrid
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551 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
“lovely collection, but poor layout and explanations”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

This could be another great museum of pre-columbian art, but it is difficult to see how it all sticks together : from certain sites, loads of work is available for showing, from other sites there´s barely anything here, and almost no general information is given. We could appreciate most of the work, because of previous visits to other museums in Mexico for instance.

Visited November 2013
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good but on weekends you cannot see the jade mask.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

I went to this museum on the strength of seeing images of the famous jade mask taken out of Tikal. When I arrived I discovered that it was not displayed at weekends! Notwithstanding, the museum has a good collection of artifacts on display, including monumental stelae with magnificent bas reliefs, jade objects, and a display of indigenous costumes. It merits an hour or even two of your time and you could combine it with a visit to the neighbouring museum of moden art.

Visited December 2013
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