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“Beautiful, focused collection”

Museum of Indigenous Art ASUR
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Sucre
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

This is a relatively small museum focused on two types of traditional weaving in Bolivia and a significant pre-columbian archeological site.

The collection is beautiful and is significantly enhanced by the detailed guide to each of the exhibits that is made available to every visitor. The guide was available in at least four languages and provide high level context for the rooms and described every single item in the museum in detail.

The shop has a wide range of weavings available for purchase and on the day I was there, a woman was in the shop weaving a textile in the Jalq'a style which was astonishing to watch. If one cannot make it up to the museum, the Inca Pallay shop in central Sucre has a large collection of high quality Jalq'a and Tarabuco weavings.

Note that the museum is not located where the Rough Guide describes it. Walk to the top of the steps on Grau (take in the view). turn right and walk up the hill to the museum which will be on the left.

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Very nice place and remarkable museum on local culture and weaving. One of those places where you forget about time and get engrossed in the art and exhibits. Highly informative in a fairly modern way. A surprising gem.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

This museum has beautiful weaves wich contains a big part of Bolivias history from the countryside. After your visit continue uphill a few minutes, through the market and join the view over the city.

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

This museum was recommended to me so I visited it and was so glad I went. I spent 2.5 hours wandering around each room, reading the English translations in the book which I was given upon entering, and soaking up the information. It is beyond my comprehension how these talented women hold the patterns in their heads and perfectly weave the most intricate patterns - simply amazing and awe inspiring. It's so important that these skills are nurtured and preserved for future generations. The museum does a great job of showcasing this heritage. There's an interesting exhibition in the upper two rooms of the contents of a tomb found in a cave which is well worth looking at too. I found the staff to be very friendly and I was invited to help myself to a drink which I did towards the end of my visit when I took a cup of tea downstairs to drink whilst watching an interesting film about music and dance from different cultures.

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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Thought this would be more a breeze through, but it was extremely informative and thorough. Fascinating and very detailed information is given to you in English, in a book to carry with you around the museum. For anyone interested in indigenous weaving practices (and also music; one room is given over to this topic) it's a must see. There is also a shop where you can purchase authenticated hand-woven products, very affordable and beautiful pieces. Great to see and support these types of ventures.

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