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Museo Nacional de Arte Guatemalteco (MUNAG)

The MUNAG is located in the Royal Palace of the Captains General on the southside of the main square. This building was once the political and military seat of the Spanish government in Central America from 1543 to 1776. Visiting this museum is not only to view beautiful artwork from many of Guatemala’s most famous artists, the building itself is also a museum. Try to visualize what took place there; the ceremonies, the Royal Offices, scribes and notaries, a barracks for guards and military, stables for horses, the treasury, even a torture room.

Guest Reviews:

“My recommendation not to get lost in visiting the Munag museum, from the beginning you can access the audio guide, an excellent support strategy. I liked the way they present rest spaces with the support of various books. The people who take care of the rooms are very friendly and willing to share some information. The presentation of the Guatemalan national anthem is good, and in general the historical time line that the museum rooms carry. The balcony views are beautiful. Undoubtedly a good contribution with this museum to the cultural and social growth of the region towards the world. In addition, the entrance is free, hopefully it continues like this for the good of locals and foreigners.” -Mary Sandoval

Museo Nacional de Arte Guatemalteco MUNAG Courtyard View with Agua Volcano Antigua Guatemala
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Tues-Sun 10am – 7pm
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One of the other highlights of touring the Royal Palace and the Munag, you will have one of the best vantage points over Parque Central. Try to imagine the Captain General, Royal Officials, Distinguished Guests, and their families viewing the many spectacles that took place in the square. Yes, a walk through the Royal Palace of the Captains General is also taking a step back in time.

Please note that many of the entrance fees for landmarks, parks, and museums are subsidized by the government for Guatemalan citizens. You may notice a price difference for foreigners.