Antigua Museums (Self Guided), Antigua

With a rich heritage combining Spanish colonialism and Mayan culture, Antigua is a fasinating place to visit in Latin America. Several museums in town are well worth exploring if you to learn more about the history of the country. Follow this self guided tour to visit the best museums in Antigua and get a history lesson along the way.
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Antigua Museums Map

Guide Name: Antigua Museums
Guide Location: Guatemala » Antigua (See other walking tours in Antigua)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Nick
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Santo Domingo Museum
  • The Jade Museum
  • Casa Popeone
  • Museum of Colonial Art
  • Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros
  • Museo del Libro Antiguo
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Santo Domingo Museum

1) Santo Domingo Museum (must see)

Santo Domingo is the biggest and richest monastery in Antigua. The museum was founded in 1542, or the same year as the city was established. Construction began with the set of impressive monuments, including a large church (completed in 1666). The museum is full of colonial and contemporary art, archeology artifacts, handicrafts, and even a pharmacological museum.
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The Jade Museum

2) The Jade Museum

The Jade Museum offers authentic Guatemalan jewelry. Conveniently situated in the city centre, the museum presents a great look at Mayan culture and Jade material that was used for centuries to decorate bodies, carpets, religious artifacts, homes, and churches.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9 am - 6 pm
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Casa Popeone

3) Casa Popeone

Casa Popenoe is a private home open for public viewing. The house was built in 1636 for the Spanish judge Don Luis de las Infantas Mendoza. Today, the home illustrates wonderfully how wealthy people lived in the colonial era. The house was partly destroyed by an 18th century earthquake, but has since undergone a full scale restoration at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Museum of Colonial Art

4) Museum of Colonial Art (must see)

Situated in the town center, Museum of Colonial Art is a fantastic piece of 16th and 17th century colonial art in regards to architecture. Inside, the building features a lovely collection of art, as Tomas de Merlo and Cristobal Villalpando are among the authors of the paintings located inside the exhibit.

Operation hours: Tuesday- Friday: 9 am - 4 pm, Saturday-Sunday: 9 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm.
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Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

5) Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

The Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros is located in front of Central Park, at City Hall. The museum offers five exhibition rooms with ancient paintings and sculptures. In one of these rooms, tourists may observe a frame representing the old city, as well as witness other important changes to the city. Swords, cannons, and muskets are also exhibited here.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 10 am- 4 pm.
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Museo del Libro Antiguo

6) Museo del Libro Antiguo

Guatemala’s first printing press was established here in 1660. In 1956, the building became home to the Museum del Libro Antiguo. Among the exhibits, visitors will find a copy of the original printing press along with an overview of the history of printing, the will of Hermano Pedro - Guatemala’s most well known religious character - as well as a room dedicated to the process of making marbled paper.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am - 12 pm and from 2 pm - 4 pm.

Walking Tours in Antigua, Guatemala

Create Your Own Walk in Antigua

Create Your Own Walk in Antigua

Creating your own self-guided walk in Antigua is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Ancient Ruins of Antigua

Ancient Ruins of Antigua

It would appear as if the time machine has finally been invented in a place none other than Antigua. The glorious ancient city offers so much history beyond its streets and buildings, fountains and courtyards, that the great ruins are almost impossible to explore in a single day. Luckily, with this self-guided walk, you will get to select from the myriad vestiges set against the impressive...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Antigua Introduction Walk

Antigua Introduction Walk

Surrounded by volcanoes, the city of Antigua is a small yet very picturesque example of Spanish colonial architecture. Full of historic and religious sights, its most notable landmark is arguably the baroque-style La Merced Church which, once a year, becomes a pilgrimage destination for the famous Holy Week tradition or 'Semana Santa'. Follow this self-guided walking tour to explore this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Parque Central Walking Tour

Parque Central Walking Tour

Parque Central is the center of social life for the residents in Antigua. What makes the park so popular for tourists is the opportunity to visit a good number of famous buildings around the park. Follow this self guided walk to explore the history behind the buildings at the very center of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 Km or 0.2 Miles
Antigua Nightlife

Antigua Nightlife

Antigua features a variety of attractive clubs, fabulous discos, and cozy bars, making it the self-designated "capital of Guatemala's nightlife." The city's nightlife starts at 10 PM and offers a terrific selection of venues to enjoy a great night out.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Antigua Shopping Tour

Antigua Shopping Tour

Shopping is arguably Antigua’s most popular activity. Tourists find themselves spoiled for choice with a terrific collection of souvenirs, textiles, hand-made articles, cigars, and local Jade jewelry. Prices are usually very affordable, so it will be a shame not to hunt for something special to bring home.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles