Top choice in Guatemala City

A wonderfully presented museum and cultural center set in a house dating from the late 19th century. The owners of the house were collectors with eclectic tastes ranging from French neo-rococo, Chinese and art deco to indigenous artifacts. The place is set up like a functioning house, filled with curios and furniture spanning the centuries, such as top hats, an Underwood typewriter and a vintage Sunbeam blender.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Guatemala City attractions

1. Centro Cultural Metropolitano


To the rear of the ground floor of the palacio de correos (post office), you'll find a surprisingly avant-garde cultural center, hosting art exhibitions,…

2. Museo del Ferrocarril

0.33 MILES

This is one of the city's more intriguing museums, with lots of photos and interesting memorabilia from the train days of old. Documented here are the…

3. Museo Nacional de Historia


This museum hosts a jumble of historical relics with an emphasis on photography and portraits. Check out the carefully coiffed hairstyles of the 19th…

5. 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,…

6. Banco de Guatemala

0.51 MILES

It's interesting to visit this bank building, which bears relief sculptures by Dagoberto Vásquez depicting his country's history.

7. Parque Central

0.52 MILES

Guatemala City's central plaza is an excellent starting point from which to begin your journey to other Zona 1 sights. Parque Central and the adjoining…