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National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MUNAE)

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  • Category: Sights & Attractions
  • Type: Museum
  • Region: Central Guatemala
  • Location: Guatemala City
  • Avg Price: Q60 - $9 p/p
National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MUNAE)


The Guatemalan National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (MUNAE - Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología), is a museum dedicated to the conservation of archaeological and ethnological artifacts and research into Guatemala's history and cultural heritage.

The museum is located the capital of Guatemala City, at Finca La Aurora, near the international airport. First created by a governmental decree on 30 June 1898, the institution and collections of MUNAE relocated premises several times subsequently, until established in its present building in 1946. It has some 3000 square meters of exhibition space, and 1500 sq.m. devoted to restorative and research purposes. MUNAE's collections amount to some 20 thousand archaeological artifacts and 5 thousand ethnological items.


General Details

  • General Admission (Foreigners): Q60.00 per person (About US$9.00)
  • General Admission (Nationals): Q5.00 per person
  • Admission (Children under 10 years): FREE
  • Hrs of Operation (Weekdays): Tue to Fri 9AM-4PM (Mondays Closed)
  • Hrs of Operation (Saturday & Sunday): 9AM to 12PM and 1:30PM to 4PM
  • Avg Time of Visit: 1 Hour
  • Guides: Self-Guided
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Website:
  • Contact: (+502) 2475-4399 / (+502) 2475-4406
  • Address: La Aurora Zone 13, Guatemala City

Agent Notes

  1. Location - How to get there? This Museum is located in Guatemala City Zone 13 (La Aurora). It is a 3-5 minute drive from the National Airport (See location map below for driving/walking directions). Private transfers are available through Gofolklore upon request (separate fees apply).

  2. Suitability: This experience is perfect for adults, students, or anybody who wishes to learn more about Guatemala's history. The museum is next door to the "Museum of Modern Art" (see Modern Art Musuem), so it is a great opportunity to visit both museums if desired. It is also a perfect short-trip opportunity if you are in Guatemala City or have available time before your departure in Guatemala City Airport (or upon arrival in Guatemala).

  3. Reservations/Payments: No reservation needed to visit the museum. We recommend a prior reservation for large group visits. Museum only accepts CASH and local currency. Credit cards are NOT accepted. If transportation service is needed a 24 hour advanced reservation is required. Please contact Gofolklore if you have any requests or need transportation, guides, or accommodations assistance.


Folklore Fact

Did you Know? Ethnology is the branch of anthropology that compares and analyzes the origins, distribution, technology, religion, language, and social structure of the ethnic, racial, and/or national divisions of humanity.


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