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Palacio Del Ayuntamiento – Museo De Santiago, Museo Del Libro Antiguo - Museum Antigua - Guatemala

On the north side of Parque Central is the Palacio del Ayuntamiento. Dating back to 1743, it’s now home to the municipalidad, or town hall, and two museums. Climb the stairs to the upper level to enjoy a view of the park, cathedral and volcanoes.

Previously the old jail and prison chapel, the Museo de Santiago displays colonial artifacts of furniture, portraits, religious paintings, weapons and coats of arms. The original stone sirenas or mermaids removed from the fountain in the park after the 1773 earthquake are prized exhibits. Some museum information is in English and also in braille.

Tel: (502) 7832-2868/5524-8116.


The site of the first printing press in Guatemala in 1660 is now the Museo del Libro Antiguo. Exhibits include a replica of the original printing press, a copy of the first book printed in Guatemala, the will of Saint Hermano Pedro, colonial books and an overview of the history of printing. Museum information is in English and Spanish.

Portal del Ayuntamiento #6.

Tel: (502) 7832-5511.


Museums open: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday/Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon/2-4 p.m.


Palacio del Ayuntamiento, 4a. Calle Poniente

Antigua, Guatemala

Museum Types:
Cultural, History, Art

Getting There

At the north side of Parque Central.

Price Description:

Foreigners: $3.75, Guatemalans: $0.60

Relative price: Budget

Here are other activities in and around Antigua that may be of interest: Museo Mesoamericano del Jade, Paseo de los Museos , Centro Cultural La Azotea and Jades, S.A. Factory, Showroom & Museum.

By Lucy Brown

07 May 2010

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