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Address: Town Hall, Antigua 03001, Guatemala
Phone Number:
+502 7832 0429

This small museum of historic artifacts and weapons is located in the Town...

This small museum of historic artifacts and weapons is located in the Town Hall.

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The civic side of Antigua's colonial history

Right on the central plaza, and a nice break from all the religious sites. Ground floor has a few cannons, figures from the original fountain. Upstairs are a few original pieces... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2016
Port St Lucie, FL
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Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

The experience in this museum is sad. Like many other museums in Guatemala, this one has amazing works of art, but placed in a messy, slopy environment. The museography displays and concepts are arcaic, and they are the same since 1977, when I first visited the place. The museum doesn't "tell a story". Instead, the designer had put together objects... More 

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Port St Lucie, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016

Right on the central plaza, and a nice break from all the religious sites. Ground floor has a few cannons, figures from the original fountain. Upstairs are a few original pieces of colonial furniture, a portrait gallery (including one of Don Pedro, town founder in the 1500's), and even his authentic sword (no fotos allowed). There is a gallery dedicated... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

For 30Q (about $4), you will spend 10-15 minutes simply moving past some old portraits (likely reproductions), some cannons (almost certainly reproductions) and misc. random stuff - there are maybe 2 swords and a small cache of knives/other weapons. That's it. Nothing in English, either. The museum seems to go by different names - Museo de Armas de Santiago is... More 

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Antigua, Guatemala
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

While currently a Colonial museum, the Museum was originally the University of San Carlos. Founded in 1676 under Carlos Borromeo, the University of San Carlos was the third University to be founded in Latin America. For hundreds of years, the building served as the most prestigious center of learning in Latin America, and the only University in Guatemala. Today, the... More 

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Panama Cit,y, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Formerly the main administration building for the Spanish Crown on the Guatemala Colonial Province. This is a huge with three indoor plazas inside. Altough the collections are not that well organized and with somewhat flimsy explanations, the fact that there are so many colonial objects available somehow makes up for it (counted no less than seven bronze cannons on display).... More 

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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2014

This museum and building is not open as at mid Feb due to renovations. I only gave it an average rating so I could write this.

Thank TheProdigitalSon
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

I attended the museum at Museo de Santiago. Small but very nicely layer out. The ruins in which it is located was a wonderful part of Antigua.

Thank Lynn J
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2013

This collection of historic pieces juxtaposed with contemporary pieces of the same theme is fascinating and original. Well worth the time and small price.

1 Thank Beachly271
San Francisco
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2013

This is a stunning little museum with modern displays and exemplarary blown glass from around the world nestled beside similar works of art from three or more centuries ago. Plan to spend at least an hour here.

Thank foggySanFrancisco
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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102 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2011

This is just worth it! The art and presentation are quite lovely and will offer an education.


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