Housed on campus at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Popol Vuh Museum contains some of the most famous collections of pre-Columbian artifacts in the country. A private research institution, visitors to the museum have an opportunity here to learn about the history of Guatemala. The goal of the museum is to conserve, research and educate people about both the cultural and archaeological heritage of the country. It accomplishes this with its many exhibits within the property.
For starters, the museum contains one of the largest collections of Maya art in the world. Visitors to the museum can expect to see a varied collection within its small rooms, including stone sculptures, pottery and the Lord Bat sculpture. The museum is known for its ceramic collection, which is considered to be the best in Guatemala City, if not the country. Of special note are the collections of funeral urns, censers and ceramic whistles.
A small area within the museum is dedicated to colonial art and includes items like traditional clothing and more.
Check out the schedule of special events at the museum, including lectures, unique and informative courses and more. The museum isn’t large, so expect it to only take up about an hour or so of the day.
The museum can be accessed via transport routes 63, 82, 101 or 40R to avenue La Reforma. Exit bus at corner of Sixth Street, Zone 10, in front of the Ministry of Education, then head east on Sixth Street. Pass the campus entrance booth.
Bringing a camera? There is a small fee to take photos.