Antigua Museums, Antigua (Self Guided)

Do not pass up the opportunity to discover Antigua's most interesting museums. Here you will admire wide collections of scientific, artistic, and local historical value. Enjoy the rich heritage of Antigua today.
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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: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: Nick
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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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Casa Popeone

2) 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

3) 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; 2 pm - 4 pm
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The Jade Museum

4) 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 - 6:30 pm
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Museo del Libro Antiguo

5) 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; 2 pm - 4 pm
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Museum of Santiago de los Caballeros

6) 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
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Textile Museum

7) Textile Museum

The Textile Museum (Museo Casa del Tejido) also know as "The House of Old Weaving," is both a store and a museum. The museum section features traditional clothing from Guatemala’s indigenous people, while the store sells the colorful, vintage clothing from various regions of the country.

Operations hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala, the city of Antigua is a small yet very picturesque example of Spanish colonial architecture, full of historic and religious sights of that period. Among the city's most notable landmarks is the Baroque-style La Merced church which, once a year, becomes center of the famous local Semana Santa, a holy week festival. Follow this orientation walk to...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)

Antigua Religious Tour (Part 1)

Antigua is Guatemala’s most spectacular city thanks to its beautiful architecture and religious artifacts. Unfortunately, several of the prized buildings were partly damaged by the 18th century earthquakes, but have since been rebuilt and undergone restorations. Visit the fairy tale city of Antigua to enjoy beautiful churches, cathedrals, as well as monasteries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Shopping in Antigua

Shopping in Antigua

Shopping is arguably Antigua’s most popular activity. Tourists find themselves here, in Antigua, spoiled for choice with a terrific collection of souvenirs, textiles, hand-made articles, cigars, and local Jade jewelry. Regardless of your needs, Antigua has something for everyone.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
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 nightlife adventure.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
The Ruins of Antigua

The Ruins of Antigua

It would appear as if the time machine has finally been invented in a place none other than Antigua. The glorious city of Antigua offers so much history beyond its streets and buildings, fountains and courtyards, that the great ruins of the city are almost impossible to explore in a single day.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Parque Central in Antigua

Parque Central in Antigua

Parque Central is the most prominent landmark in Antigua. What makes the park so popular is the opportunity to visit a wide number of other famous buildings inside the lush lawns. Take a day or two to visit this special piece of Antigua's history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Antigua for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Antigua has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Antigua, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.