Museums in San Sebastian (Self Guided), La Paz

La Paz offers tourists many cultural opportunities. This current tour is dedicated to museums in San Sebastian area of La Paz, located on small, charming streets, full of historic architecture, all within a pleasant walking distance:
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Guide Name: Museums in San Sebastian
Guide Location: Bolivia » La Paz (See other walking tours in La Paz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles
Author: valery
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas
  • Museo del Litoral Boliviano
  • Museo Metales Preciosos
  • Casa Murillo
  • Museo de Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia
  • Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore
  • Museo Tambo Quirquincho
Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas

1) Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas

Inside the Museum Costumbrista Juan De Vargas, on the ground floor, visitors will find a suit of armor and an old coach. The first floor showcases the traditional folklore and traditions of the city of La Paz. Several dioramas are on display here as well. There's a market scene with shoe shine operators and corn vendors. Varied and different expositions are on display for limited periods of time.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 to 12:30 and 15:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 to 13:00
Museo del Litoral Boliviano

2) Museo del Litoral Boliviano (must see)

In this museum you can learn about the lost war against Chile, the so-called "War of the Pacific" (1879-1883). The consequence of the lost war against Chile was a huge loss of land of Bolivia. In addition, Bolivia also had to cede its important sea access to Chile. Bolivia's demands for a separate access to the sea since 1904 in a signed contract remain unclear. In the "Sala de Mapas" you can see old maps with the original borders of that time, as well as books from that period. In the "Sala de Uniformes y Fotografias" are displayed old chests, pictures and uniforms. On the first floor you will also find showcases filled with rifles, pistols and sabers.
Museo Metales Preciosos

3) Museo Metales Preciosos

In Museo Metales Preciosos, visitors will see beautiful and precious gold and silver pieces, which are very old and from the advanced culture of Tiwanaku. Besides the gold items, there are pieces made from ceramic and pictures of the Tiwanaku culture. Fine artifacts, such as gold bracelets and diadems (which are lined with red velvet), are displayed on the ground floor. Gold items are in a dark room, so that their uniqueness will stand out.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 to 12:30 and 15:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 to 13:00
Casa Murillo

4) Casa Murillo (must see)

This museum is the former home of the most important freedom fighter in Bolivia, Don Pedro Domingo Murillo. He was hanged in 1810 by the Spaniards. The museum currently houses an exhibition with items from those times. On the ground floor, you can see a glass paneled display case "Plantas Los Calientes", containing Wira Wira and Manzanilla. In addition, there are native costumes and puppets displayed alongside everyday objects. Five beautiful paintings are showcased in upstairs rooms, plus crowns and various objects used daily, and from this time period.
Museo de Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia

5) Museo de Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia

This museum houses an impressive, practical assortment of musical instruments and would be of great interest to modern day musicians. This is the pet project of charango-skilled artist Ernesto Cavour and it showcases all types of this Bolivian instrument, which resembles a small guitar. There are other original Bolivian musical instruments here as well. Seven categories include percussion, string, and wind instruments.
Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore

6) Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore (must see)

The Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore is committed to the rich local traditions in Bolivia. They are portrayed as stunning and fascinating dioramas and will make it easy to understand the traditions of the Inca civilization. The best part of this museum is the 3,000 Years of Textiles show, a demonstration of intensely painted skirts, coverlets and wraps used by women to carry their children - each of them being a work of intrinsic value in itself.
Museo Tambo Quirquincho

7) Museo Tambo Quirquincho (must see)

Museo Tambo Quirquincho is in the oldest building in the city. It has permanent and temporary expositions. Some of the most interesting are the very old carnival masks and silver jewels, as well as contemporary paintings and statues. Also on display are anthologies of colonial silver and Republican old images of the city. Within the museum there is "Amalia Garcia". The courtyard serves as a stage for concerts, trade fairs and other activities related to the Bolivian culture.

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