Museums Tour (Self Guided), La Paz

La Paz has many great museums, of which Coca Museum is undoubtedly one of the main tourist attractions. Other museums are smaller, but well set-up and visitors can spend there many hours walking through the impressive display of Bolivian culture. The Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos has a large exhibit of antique textiles. Here are these and other museums in La Paz that you might like to visit:
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Museums Tour Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: Bolivia » La Paz (See other walking tours in La Paz)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: valery
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum Nuñez del Prado
  • Museo Nacional de Arqueología (Tiwanaku)
  • Coca Museum
  • Museo de Arte Sacro
  • Museo Nacional del Arte
  • Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos
Museum Nuñez del Prado

1) Museum Nuñez del Prado (must see)

This Museum, one of the best assets of Bolivia, was a gift from Marina Núñez del Prado and her four siblings. Her purpose was to preserve this building and museum in memory of her father and mother. The museum contains more than one thousand works of art, such as statuettes, pictures and blueprints. It also contains the largest collection of her own works. Nearby, there are collaborations between Marina and her sister, who was an expert at creating jewelry and paintings. Among the extraordinary items you'll see here is a vignette out of their daily lives, in "The Family Room".
Museo Nacional de Arqueología (Tiwanaku)

2) Museo Nacional de Arqueología (Tiwanaku) (must see)

The National Museum of Archeology of Bolivia is the national archeology museum of Bolivia. The museum represents the cultural antecedents of the Bolivian people from the pre-Colombian era. There are displays of carved sculptures, as well as ceramic and painted objects in stone and metals. Museum has more than 50,000 archaeological items which were found through research and excavation work. It represents the cultures of the eastern plains and of the western mountainous region. The cultural development of the Bolivian people, as it evolved over the past several centuries, is represented. The exhibits on display in the permanent exhibition consist of valuable artifacts of Tiwanaku, Chiripa, Mollo, Inca and eastern Bolivian cultures. The exhibits reflect the heritage that evolved over several centuries. These include sculpture, paintings, music and dancing, representing a fusion of Indian and European cultures.

Operation hours: Tuesday-Friday: 8:30-12:30/15:00-19:00; Saturday-Sunday: 9 am- 1 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Coca Museum

3) Coca Museum

The Coca Museum, as its name suggests, is all about coca and its use and cultivation. The museum provides guides, who will talk about many interesting facts regarding the coca plant, beginning with a poem about the its origin, and explaining the importance of Kokas in the mines of Bolivia during the colonial era. They will also explain the beginning of the coca boom in Europe, the prohibition law of 1914, and tell about the fight against coca cultivation from the 1950s and the consequences of drug use.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 to 18:00
Museo de Arte Sacro

4) Museo de Arte Sacro

The Museo de Arte Sacro shows seventeenth-century religious art. The permanent exhibition contains paintings, pictures, ornaments, sacred silver, vestments, and furnishings of the Diocese of La Paz. Besides these, there are documented sources of past centuries, especially the churches and estates of individuals, revealing the existence of a massive demand for works of art, both in the public worship places and in private collections.
Museo Nacional del Arte

5) Museo Nacional del Arte (must see)

The National Museum of Art is one of the most important museums and cultural institutions in Bolivia. The museum was built in 1775, made from pink Viacha stone; it has now been renovated to its former glory. Its floors are devoted to a series of artists: Marina Núñez del Prado's modern statues, the late-Renaissance works of art of Melchor Pérez de Holguín and art works of different and famous Latin American artists. The visiting contemporary shows are displayed outside.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 to 12:30 and 15:00 to 19:00; Saturday: 10:00 to 17:30; Sunday: 10:00 to 13:30
Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos

6) Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos

The museum has a large collection of textiles, handicrafts, men's and women's garments from all regions of Bolivia, and this helps tourists understand the prosperity and life and history of this vibrant country. It is housed in a charming dwelling in Miraflores. Some people believe it's a must-see for embroidering lovers. They have a gift shop, where you can buy things like jewelry and handicrafts, and many styles of colorful dresses.

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