Museums Around Lake Atitlan

The villages around Guatemala’s Atitlan Lake were once really important for the ancient Maya. The area is still really important for modern Mayas. In here you will still be able to see some traditional rituals. There are also some museums where you will find what’s left of the Mayan tribes that once lived in the area. Here is some info about them:

Panajachel’s Museums

Atitlan’s Lake Museum (Museo Lacustre Atitlán)

In this museum you will learn a lot about the geological history of the lake, its creation and the sub aquatic Mayan archeology.

Where is it? Inside Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo, Calle Santander
Schedule: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sun. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat.
Admission: $5 admission for non guests

Raul Vasquez Museum (Museo Raúl Vásquez)

Basically, this is Raul Vasquez’s home and studio. It’s an eclectic & colorful mix of his sculptures, statues of Jesus and Guatemalan folklore characters.

Where is it? 5a Calle Peatonal, east of Calle Real
Schedule: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Admission: $1.50

San Pedro La Laguna

Tz’unun Ya’ Museum (Museo Tz’unun Ya’)

This is a place you have to visit if you want to understand today’s art, culture, geology and of course folklore of the area.

Where is it? On the path between the docks
Schedule: 8 – noon, 2 – 6 p.m. Tue – Sun
Admission: $4

Maya Tzutujil Museum (Museo Maya Tzutujil)

The museum is full of Trajes or Mayan traditional costumes, and photographs. Once a month a Mayan Priest, shaman, performs ceremonies open to the public.

Where is it? On the path between the docks
Schedule: 9 – 1 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m. Mon – Sat
Admission: $1.50

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