Attractions

Historic Building in Guatemala City

Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

On the north side of Parque Central is this imposing presidential palace, built between 1936 and 1943 during the dictatorial rule of General Jorge Ubico at enormous cost to the lives of the prisoners who were forced…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo Miraflores

This excellent modern museum is inauspiciously jammed between two shopping malls a few kilometers out of town. Downstairs focuses on objects found at Kaminaljuyú, with fascinating trade route maps showing the site's…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología

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 Tika…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo Ixchel

This museum is named for the Maya goddess of the moon, women, reproduction and, of course, textiles. Photographs and exhibits of indigenous costumes and other crafts show the incredible richness of traditional arts …
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo Popol Vuh

Behind Museo Ixchel you'll find well-displayed pre-Hispanic figurines, incense burners and burial urns, plus carved wooden masks and traditional textiles, filling several rooms of this museum. Other rooms hold colon…
Monument in Guatemala City

Mapa en Relieve

North of Zona 1, Zona 2 is mostly a middle-class residential district, but it's worth venturing along to Parque Minerva to see this huge open-air map of Guatemala showing the country at a scale of 1:10,000. The vert…
Cathedral in Guatemala City

Catedral Metropolitana

Facing Parque Central, this cathedral was constructed between 1782 and 1815 (the towers were finished in 1867). It has survived earthquake and fire well, though the earthquakes of 1917 and 1976 did substantial damag…
Museum in Guatemala City

Casa MIMA

A wonderfully presented museum and cultural center set in a house dating from the late 1800s. The owners of the house were collectors with eclectic tastes ranging from French neo-rococo, Chinese and art deco to indi…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo del Ferrocarril

This is one of the city's more intriguing museums. Documented here are the glory days of the troubled Guatemalan rail system, along with some quirky artifacts, such as hand-drawn diagrams of derailments and a kitche…
Museum in Guatemala City

Museo de los Niños

Almost opposite the zoo entrance is this hands-on affair that is a sure success if you have kids to keep happy. The fun ranges from a giant jigsaw-map of Guatemala to an earthquake simulator and, most popular of all…