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Museums and Art Galleries in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is known as one of the most fascinating cities in Latin America, not only for its historical heritage of the Spanish colony centuries ago, but also for its rich Mayan ancestral culture, as well as being an exhibition center for contemporary art.


Just by walking around in this colonial city of Antigua Guatemala you will feel traveling to the past and to see a colonial culture. But we also suggest you to delve a little deeper into the local culture, not only in relation to its colonial history, but also other facets that are part of the life and culture offered by this historic city.  This is a brief list of places to visit in Antigua Guatemala.

Museums in Antigua Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo Museums

The museums that are inside the facilities of the Casa Santo Domingo hotel are well known for their richness in special and unique pieces from the Spanish colony. The hotel facilities were once the pride of the Spanish colony that was inaugurated in 1551, but after the earthquake of 1773 the building suffered severe damage and was abandoned.
Today, it houses museums that show many of the original pieces that were part of the convent of that time.

Colonial Museum Santo Domingo

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The Colonial Museum contains works produced from the 16th century to the 19th century. The pieces on display include religious paintings, wood sculptures, saints, virgins, cherubs, animas and works in wrought and painted metal.

Arqueologic Museum

museo arqueologia santo domingo

This museum exhibits ceramic objects and stone carvings, which include female figures, glasses, plates, bowls, censers, axes and ceremonial yokes that are mostly part of the Classic period of history (200-900 AD) of culture Maya of Guatemala. The collection also shows pieces of Spanish colonial ceramics that at the time had different purposes, such as storing grains.

Silver Museum

silver arms museum santo domingo

A small room that displays silver objects from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Most of these used to be of liturgical use such as votive lamps, chandeliers, altarpieces, censers, custodians and attributes of Catholic saints.

Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Art in Glass

crystal museum santo domingo

A combination between museum and art gallery. This museum offers samples of ancient colonial objects made of ceramics and carved in stone, in contrast to modern works of art made of glass and crystal.

Museum of the Indigenous Costume (Museo del Traje Indigena)

indigenous costume museum

This museum is close to the Ruins of the Convent of San Jerónimo in Antigua Guatemala, this makes it easier to find. It includes an excellent art show of the traditional indigenous costume of Guatemala. The museum creatively exposes the different influences that have produced a wide variety of typical costume designs in all regions of Guatemala. Each section shows us scenarios of the daily life of the indigenous, includes informative data sheets to learn more about this fascinating art of Guatemala.
Additionally, the museum includes a shop to buy some souvenirs for your trip, in the same way, near the museum there are other stores that offer not only pieces of clothing, but also fabrics with typical designs.

Santiago de Los Caballeros Museum

santiago de los caballeros museum

This museum is located in front of the central park of Antigua Guatemala, on 4th East Street. The building that houses the museum today, still included original architectural elements from the time of the Spanish colony, including a clock tower similar to that of Calle del Arco, but after the 1976 earthquake they were lost and the tower was demolished. Because of this, the Council for the Preservation of the Colonial City of Antigua Guatemala decided to strengthen the building to maintain the security of the structure. The museum exists as such since 1956, it has five exhibition halls that include oil paintings and ancient sculptures from the times of the Spanish colony. Some of the paintings on display show what Antigua Guatemala looked like originally, so that you can appreciate the changes it has had over time.

In addition to large collections of sculptures in stone and wood, ceramic and wrought iron pieces, the museum also includes an interesting exhibition of ancient weapons, among these cannons, swords and ancient muskets.
An area of the building was also used as a jail and today is part of the museum and exhibition to visitors. Some of the cells show amazing marks still visible and carefully preserved. One of the most visited is the cell that tells the story of a woman imprisoned for alleged witchcraft, who managed to escape, leaving drawn on the wall of the cell, a small ship that tells the legend use to escape.

Colonial Art Museum

colonial art museum antigua

This museum is located in front of the central park of Antigua Guatemala, on 4th East Street. The building that houses the museum today, still included original architectural elements from the time of the Spanish colony, including a clock tower similar to that of Calle del Arco, but after the 1976 earthquake they were lost and the tower was demolished.
Because of this, the Council for the Preservation of the Colonial City of Antigua Guatemala decided to strengthen the building to maintain the security of the structure. The museum exists as such since 1956, it has five exhibition halls that include oil paintings and ancient sculptures from the times of the Spanish colony. Some of the paintings on display show what Antigua Guatemala looked like originally, so that you can appreciate the changes it has had over time. In addition to large collections of sculptures in stone and wood, ceramic and wrought iron pieces, the museum also includes an interesting exhibition of ancient weapons, among these cannons, swords and ancient muskets.
An area of the building was also used as a jail and today is part of the museum and exhibition to visitors. Some of the cells show amazing marks still visible and carefully preserved. One of the most visited is the cell that tells the story of a woman imprisoned for alleged witchcraft, who managed to escape, leaving drawn on the wall of the cell, a small ship that tells the legend use to escape.

Casa K'ojom Museum

casa kojom antigua

Although it is not mentioned in tourist guides as much as other Mayan arts, music is also part of the history of Guatemala, and the Casa K'ojom museum is the ideal place to learn about this facet of traditional indigenous art. This museum is one of the most interesting in Antigua Guatemala, it is located inside the La Azotea museum center, one mile away from Antigua Guatemala.
The museum not only exhibits an excellent collection of instruments that are part of the history of Mayan music, but also has a wide selection of multimedia files with hours of music, sounds and videos to learn more about this fascinating facet of Mayan art. The museum also exhibits a short documentary that you cannot miss.

Old Book Museum

old book museum antigua

This museum is located in front of the central park of Antigua Guatemala, on 4th Street. In this same place, the first printing press of the Kingdom of Guatemala was installed by the Spanish colony in 1660. The museum was founded in 1956 by David Vela and Rigoberto Bran Azmitia, two citizens of Antigua Guatemala who made great efforts to preserve the printed treasures that fortunately we all can still see and admire today.
The museum is divided into three sections, the first one includes interesting information about the creation of the printing press, as well as the original samples of the first documents printed in Guatemala, this section also includes replicas of tools used at the time made of wood.The second section shows the techniques that were used to print during the colonial era. Finally, the last room exhibits books hundreds of years old, some of them are decorated and filled with old techniques that can no longer be seen today.
Note: because direct light affects the old paper, the museum's rooms are in half light.

La Azotea Coffee Museum

la azotea coffee

The Coffee Museum or La Azotea is a cultural center and museum, where you can learn basic concepts of coffee from Antigua Guatemala and how it is the process from the coffee plant to the cup. The museum has exhibition halls, tastings, souvenirs and audiovisual presentations. The museum also facilitates tours of the farm to learn in more detail the coffee process.
The museum tells the story of this renowned coffee farm, when in 1883 the land that belonged to a family in Antigua Guatemala transformed it into a coffee producing farm and has been preserved as a family business since then. The coffee farm not only produces one of the best coffee in Guatemala, but also receives thousands of tourists in the museum every month. The museum is designed in a way that facilitates the learning of how coffee is sown, collected, dried and classified by means of models and representative figures at real scale size. The museum shows coffee processes with traditional techniques with ecological and natural approaches to protect the environment.

ChocoMuseum (Chocolate Museum Antigua)

chocomuseo antigua

In addition to being a delicious sweet, chocolate has a fascinating history and has extremely interesting data, not only culinary but also healing.
Guatemala is the true origin of the birth of chocolate in the world and the quality produced in Antigua Guatemala for its volcanic soil is one of the best in the world. The concept of ChocoMuseo is to show the process of making chocolate, since it is a fruit and cocoa bean until it becomes a chocolate bar. In addition to an exhibition of the chocolate process, visitors to the museum can also participate in chocolate-making workshops and experience what it feels like to be a chocolate maker for a day. This museum is located on 5th Avenue North 15C, however we recommend you visit their website to confirm address since they have changed their location a couple of times during these last years in Antigua Guatemala.

Art Galleries in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Gallery

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This art gallery is located on 4th East Street, inside a house with an impressive architecture design. This gallery shows an excellent art collection of up to 50 local artists from Antigua Guatemala, as well as many foreign artists, of course many internationally renowned. In addition to paintings, the gallery also exhibits indoor and outdoor sculptures. If you are a lover of modern and contemporary art, there is no doubt that this gallery is a must visit on your agenda for Antigua Guatemala.

Casa Santo Domingo Art Galleries

casa santo domingo art gallery

Hotel Santo Domingo has two art galleries with permanent exhibitions of works by internationally recognized artists. The galleries are "Sala Marco Augosto Quiroa" and "Sala del Artist", in addition to permanently exhibiting works of art, new artist events take place in these spacious art rooms. Do not forget to visit the art galleries at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, open to the public 7 days a week.

Panza Verde Art Gallery

panza verde arte gallery

Panza Verde hotel has an art gallery on the terrace of a beautiful colonial-style house, located at the end of 5th Avenue South. This art gallery opens new exhibitions every month with an interesting taste in art, but unfortunately the gallery is not open to the public every day. The exhibition hall is small and is also used for yoga classes and other activities, so it is advisable to contact the hotel to ask about available schedules.



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