Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología

Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología information

Guatemala City , Guatemala
Extras Sala 5, Finca La Aurora
+502 2475 4399
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admission Q60
Opening hours
9am-4pm Tue-Fri, 9am-noon & 1:30-4pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This museum has the country's biggest collection of ancient Maya artifacts, but explanatory information is very sparse. There's a great wealth of monumental stone sculpture, including Classic-period stelae from Tikal, Uaxactún and Piedras Negras; a superb throne from Piedras Negras; and animal representations from Preclassic Kaminaljuyú.

Also here are rare wooden lintels from temples at Tikal and El Zotz, and a room with beautiful jade necklaces and masks. Don't miss the large-scale model of Tikal. The ethnology section has displays on the languages, costumes, dances, masks and homes of Guatemala's indigenous peoples.