airport_transferbarbathtubbusiness_facilitieschild_activitieschildcareconnecting_roomcribsfree_wifigymhot_tubinternetkitchennon_smokingpetpoolresturantski_in_outski_shuttleski_storagesmoking_areaspastar
Sign In
Museo del Litoral Boliviano | © MiltonCapuma/Wikimedia
Museo del Litoral Boliviano | © MiltonCapuma/Wikimedia | MiltonCapuma/Wikimedia
Save to wishlist

The Best Museums and Galleries in La Paz, Bolivia

Picture of Harry Stewart
Updated: 9 May 2018
Culture vultures rejoice, for La Paz has enough galleries and museums to keep the sophisticated traveler amused for days on end. Sure, these may not be internationally renowned exhibition halls with high-tech displays, but the city’s cultural spaces are rife with interesting information nonetheless. Best of all, they only cost a few dollars each. Here are the most worthwhile options in the city.

Galería Mamani Mamani

Art Museum
Save to wishlist
Bolivia museum gallery la paz
The energy of Pachamama | © Courtesy of Ivan Orellana Flores
The showroom of Bolivia’s most renowned artist, this small gallery on colonial Calle Jaen exhibits the colorful creations that brought Roberto Mamani Mamani to international superstardom. Drawing from the works of his Tiwanaku ancestors, his art incorporates vibrant colors and psychedelic form to convey a unique interpretation of the coveted Andean cosmovision. After perusing the collection, consider picking up a print or perhaps even an original, for the ultimate Bolivian souvenir.
More Info

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Independent, Outlet

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Quiet

Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia

Art Museum, Curiosity Museum
Save to wishlist
Museums and galleries La Paz
Musical Instrument Museum La Paz | © PanchoFuentesA/Wikimedia
A must for the traveling musician, the privately run Museum of Musical Instruments exhibits an extraordinary selection of 2,000 string, wind, and percussion instruments from all corners of the country. Highlights include a flute made from pure volcanic rock, an armadillo shell guitar, and an unconventional panpipe fashioned from a huge palm leaf. Check out their workshop to learn a few new tunes or drop in on a Saturday evening for a unique Andean jam.
More Info
Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sun:
2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Local, Indoors

Museo del Litoral Boliviano

History Museum
Save to wishlist
Museums and galleries La Paz, Bolivia
Museo del Litoral Boliviano | © MiltonCapuma/Wikimedia
Bolivia still mourns losing a coast, the result of an ill-thought-out conflict with Chile that occurred way back in 1879. This small nationalistic museum proudly displays artifacts from the War of the Pacific such as maps, cannons, uniforms, and photographs. To this day, efforts continue to return the ocean to sovereign control.
More Info
Tue - Fri:
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tue - Fri:
2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Quiet

Museo de la Coca

Natural History Museum
Save to wishlist
Coca ritual to Pachamama at Ausangate, Peru | © IntoTheWorld/Shutterstock
Coca ritual to Pachamama at Ausangate, Peru | © IntoTheWorld / Shutterstock
Ever wanted to learn a little more about Bolivia’s most nefarious export? At the Coca Museum, visitors can learn the history behind this sacred leaf and how indigenous populations have been using it for centuries to obtain the energy they need to perform laborious tasks. Of course, there are some sections on the refinement and trafficking of cocaine as well.
More Info
Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Museo de Metales Preciosos

History Museum
Save to wishlist
Museums and galleries La Paz, Bolivia
Precious Metal Museum in La Paz | © LucianaDeckerOrozco/Wikimedia
The La Paz Precious Metals Museum, sometimes referred to as the Gold Museum, exhibits a glimmering collection of pre-Colombian treasures, many of which hail from the Tiwanaku empire which thrived near Lake Titicaca until around 1000 AD. Some 2,000 shiny jewels are on display, the highlight of which is the impressive Treasure of San Sebastian collection. A series of sensor lights, which illuminate the ornaments as visitors pass by, adds a nice touch to the museum.
More Info
Tue - Fri:
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tue - Fri:
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF)

History Museum, Living Museum
Save to wishlist
One of the drawcards of Bolivia is the country’s diverse indigenous culture, of which 39 independent ethnic groups call the nation home. For some insight into this rich cultural tapestry, pay a visit to the modern MUSEF museum which showcases intriguing displays and artifacts from numerous different ethnicities. Those keen for a little more immersion may choose to join one of their regular folkloric dance classes.
More Info
Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun:
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors

Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos

Art Museum
Save to wishlist
Textile lovers would be mad to miss this hidden gem. Situated well off the tourist trail in the suburban Miraflores district, it’s worth the drive for the colorful selection of creative indigenous textiles on display. Visitors can try their hand at navigating a traditional loom, while a generous percentage of any purchases get sent straight on to impoverished weavers who made them.
More Info
Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Indoors