Calle Jaén Museums

Calle Jaén Museums information

Location
La Paz , Bolivia
Address
Calle Jaén, Casco Viejo
Prices
combination admission B$4
Opening hours
9am-12:30pm & 2:30-7pm Tue-Fri, 9am-1pm Sat & Sun
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These four small museums are clustered together along La Paz’ finest colonial street, and can generally be bundled into one visit. Buy tickets at the Museo Costumbrista.

Also known as Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), the Museo de Metales Preciosos houses four impressively presented salons of pre-Columbian silver, gold and copper works and pieces from Tiwanaku.

The diminutive Museo del Litoral consists mainly of historical maps that defend Bolivia’s emotionally charged claims to Antofagasta and Chile’s Segunda Región.

Once the home of Pedro Domingo Murillo, a leader in the La Paz Revolution of July 16, 1809, the Casa de Murillo displays collections of colonial art and furniture, textiles, medicines, musical instruments and household items of glass and silver that once belonged to Bolivian aristocracy. Other odds and ends include a collection of Alasitas miniatures.

The Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas contains art and photos, as well as some superb ceramic figurine dioramas of old La Paz: a representation of akulliko , the hour of coca-chewing; the festivities surrounding St John the Baptist’s Day; the hanging of Murillo in 1810. Also on display are colonial artifacts and colorful dolls wearing traditional costumes. A pleasant cafe is on the premises.