The Top Museums in Antigua, Guatemala

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With a long history that merges Mayan culture with Spanish colonialism, Antigua Guatemala is one of the most fascinating towns in Latin America. Walking around these cobbled streets is a history lesson in itself, but if you’re looking to dig a little deeper there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Antigua isn’t short of decent museums, no matter what you’re into; from chocolate to music to antique weapons, here are the top museums in Antigua.

1. La Antigua Art Gallery

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Antigua Art Gallery
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Located in a striking colonial mansion in the loveliest part of town, La Antigua Art Gallery boasts an impressively eclectic collection of art. There are displays from over 70 locals artists all across Antigua, Guatemala and the rest of Latin America, including Hugo Gonzales Ayala, Dulce Gonzalez and Cesar Barrios. There’s far more than just paintings here, and visitors can admire the outdoor sculptures and pretty gardens too.

2. Casa Santo Domingo Museum

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Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo is a hotel with its own museum – five museums, in fact. The Archaeology Museum exhibits ceramic and stone objects from the Classic Period (200-900 AD) of Mayan Culture. The Colonial Museum contains paintings, silver pieces and sculptures from the 16th-18th centuries, and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art showcases a sample of Pre-Hispanic objects made from ceramics and stone. There’s also the Silver Museum, displaying traditional handcraft objects such as ceramics, candles, cabinets and textiles, and The Pharmacy Museum, which contains furniture that once belonged to the “Farmacia Oriental” of Guatemala City.

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