Jaen Street and its Museums, La Paz

Jaen Street and its Museums, La Paz

Jaen Street is renowned as the city's best-preserved colonial street. This charming street is home to four small museums that are conveniently clustered together, allowing visitors to explore them all in one visit. The museums include the Customs Museum, Museum of Precious Metals, Coastal Museum, and Murillo House.

Starting at the Customs Museum, visitors can immerse themselves in the rich artistic and historical displays. The museum showcases art, photographs, and remarkable ceramic figurine dioramas depicting scenes from old La Paz. These dioramas beautifully capture moments such as akulliko, the traditional hour of coca-chewing, as well as the festive celebrations surrounding Saint John the Baptist's Day and the historic event of Murillo's hanging in 1810. Additionally, colonial artifacts and colorful dolls adorned in traditional costumes are on exhibit. The museum also features a pleasant café where visitors can relax and enjoy refreshments.

The Museum of Precious Metals, also known as the Gold Museum, offers an impressive display of pre-Columbian silver, gold, and copper works. The museum presents four exquisitely curated salons that showcase the artistry and craftsmanship of ancient civilizations, particularly from the Tiwanaku culture.

The diminutive Coastal Museum primarily features historical maps that defend Bolivia's emotionally charged claims to Antofagasta and Chile's Segunda Región. The museum provides insights into the territorial disputes and the country's historical perspectives.

Murillo House, once the residence of Pedro Domingo Murillo, a prominent leader in the La Paz Revolution of July 16, 1809, now serves as a museum. The museum houses collections of colonial art, furniture, and household items made of glass and silver, offering visitors a glimpse into the lives of the Bolivian aristocracy during that era.

Jaen Street is a treasure trove of history, art, and culture, providing an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in La Paz's colonial past. The museums along this street offer diverse and enriching experiences, showcasing the traditions, artistry, and historical significance of the region. Exploring Jaen Street is a delightful journey into the colonial heritage of La Paz.

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Sight Name: Jaen Street and its Museums
Sight Location: La Paz, Bolivia (See walking tours in La Paz)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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