The Popol Vuh Museum offers visitors a unique tour of Guatemala's history, illustrated by one of the best collections of pre-Hispanic and colonial art in the country. The museum is a private, non-profit scientific institution that is part of the Francisco Marroquín University . Its objectives include the conservation, research and dissemination of the cultural and archaeological heritage of Guatemala. There are numerous examples of painted pottery from the classical period in Petén; The Verapaz and other regions, an extraordinary set of funerary urns from northwestern Guatemala; Important examples of pre-classical and classical sculpture of Kaminaljuyu and the south coast; A sample of censers drawn from the waters of Lake Amatitlan; As well as an excellent sample of ceramic whistles.
The colonial halls offer an important sample of silver, imagery and colonial painting of Guatemala. In addition, the museum has an important sample of costumes and masks of the twentieth century, used in traditional dances, which are currently not on display. The museum takes its name from the Popol Vuh, a book written shortly after the Spanish conquest of Guatemala, which narrates the myths and prehispanic history of the Quiche, whose kings dominated much of the western highlands of Guatemala. The collection of the Popol Vuh Museum includes numerous objects related to the myths of the Popol Vuh.
The museum develops teaching activities aimed at students of all ages, including guided tours and workshops. It has an active program of conferences and free courses directed to the general public, and carries out research activities related to objects of its collection and in general with the study of archaeology, art and history of Guatemala. Occasionally, the museum publishes books related to these topics. The museum library offers more than 4,000 specialized volumes in these areas to the public. Through these and other programs, the museum is projected to the public in a permanent effort for the Guatemalan culture.
The museum is open Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sundays closed.
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