Museo Popol Vuh
A beautiful modern museum encompassing a series of thematic rooms that document stages of Guatemalan culture and history, Museo Popol Vuh exists within the Fransisco Marroquin University. Its small size still manages to house intricate displays showcasing pre-Hispanic figurines, incense burners, carved wooden masks, burial urns, traditional textiles, and other archaeological Mayan artifacts. The museum also contains colonial paintings, gilded wood, and silver artifacts that belie the country’s religious history. It sits across from the Ixchel Native Costume Museum, so if you plan to have a culture packed morning or afternoon, hit both. But before you head over to Ixchel, be sure to check out the painting of the Guatemalan conquest in the downstairs of this cultural gem (which also has well-lit, bilingual displays).
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (price: adult/child Q35/10)