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“Ancient Maya civilzaton at a glance”

National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
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Full-Day Guatemala City Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: The National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a public institution and is part of the Directorate General of Cultural and Natural Heritage. Protects and disseminates the most important collection of archaeological artifacts of Mayan Culture, as well as a collection of ethnological material showing the cultural diversity of Guatemalan society. The permanent exhibition occupies 3500 square meters including pieces of jades, pottery, textiles and masks. Two rooms for temporary exhibitions present general topics of Mayan Culture and Guatemalan Archeology.
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“Ancient Maya civilzaton at a glance”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I like musums with history and loads of artifacts. This is one for that, even if you don't read Spanish, for there was sufficient information that gave you the different periods (pre-classic, classic and post classic) for one to comprehend what was displayed. How many visitors read ancient Maya gliphs? Relatively none or few, so with that in mind the displays and exhibits were magnificent as one moved from era to era seeing jade, pottery, wood carvings, obsidian artifacts and carved alters and stellia. If you like to use you imagination and learn, this is a wonderful experience.

Visited September 2013
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“Very old and sad place”
Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

Looks very old even when its already remodelated, very small and boared. Its the best museum between the sience museum and the art museum, still sad and boaring place, i wont visit this place in a while "10 years" probably will get better

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Prevaricating between 2 & 3 blobs on this one!”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

The review by Monica R a few places down the page sums it up pretty well. Like her we speak Spanish so the experience wasn't as dismal as it might have been. There is a lot or very informative textual information about the Mayan civilizations (mostly in Spanish) but none of it is particularly linked to the display items close by. There are some interesting pieces, but equally the individual labeling of those is pretty sparse - in any language.

The ethology section, again has some nice stuff, but the labeling is even thinner and explanation background non existent. One can't help feeling they were struggling to fill the space.

Finally bits of icing on the cake, the lighting is dismal and most of the city's taxi drivers don't know where it is.

Visited August 2013
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

A variety of ineresting displays, stelae, figures artifacts as well as representations of scenes of Mayan every day life, types of houses, activities, food dresses etc.It took us about 2 hours to see it and take many photos while our guide explained the origin and the history behind of the most important items. He could translate hyroglyphics also. we were fortune that we had a guide with us because the explanations were in Spanish.This minorproblem however does not make this Museum less importat!

Visited June 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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“Magnificent pieces”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Not to be missed if you are interested in Maya art. Going through the exhibits we felt like visiting more Maya sites that we have still not been to

Visited July 2013
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