This 16th century former convent is one of Chiapa de Corzo’s must-see stops. Inside its stunning brick red and white exterior is the lacquerware musuem – a collection of pots, gourds and other household items brightly painted and lacquered over. The tradition of making lacquerware is said to have existed in Mexico even before the Spanish brought pieces with them to the New World and there is no other museum which features this art form in all of Mexico.
Coffee lovers should not miss the Coffee Musuem in Tuxtla Gutiérrez where visitors can take guided tours to learn about the social, economic and cultural importance of coffee in Mexico and aroud the world. They have distinct exhibition rooms dedicated to the history, biology and distribution of coffee as well as a coffee tasting room and a coffee bar.
The marvelous cacao plant is believed to have been first cultivated in Chiapas and the surrounding areas of equatorial Mexico. This musuem pays homage to the illustrious history of cocao production and chocolate in Chiapas and also gives visitors plenty of opportunities to try chocolate in the various forms made in the musuem’s own chocolate factory!