Museum Complex of La Aurora, Guatemala City Parque Aurora
The museum complex of La Aurora encompasses the Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, the Museum of Modern Art plus a children's playground, a fairground and a zoo.
La Aurora National Zoo
La Aurora National Zoo is home to over 100 species of animals native to Guatemala and Central America including rainforest animals such as spider monkeys, parrots, macaws, and jaguars, crocodiles, and coatimundi.Of note are the jaguar enclosure and the herpetarium with a good selection of exotic snakes.African and Asian animals are also contained.A playground for children is included.
Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History exhibits specimens of natural flora and fauna plus mineralogy and paleontology. Dioramas of animals are featured which include the quetzal bird, with shimmering iridescent green feathers and a long swooping tail. An ecological library for children is included plus a butterfly house and a botanical garden.
Address: 7a Avenida 6-81, Guatemala City, Guatemala 01013, Guatemala
Opening hours: 9am-4pm; Closed: Mon
The Botanical Garden offers a wide variety of local and exotic plants, including a wide range of Guatemalan, endemic and endangered species most of them identified with their scientific and their common name. The 18,000 sq m/194,000 sq ft garden was the first Botanical Garden set up in Central America and the only one in Guatemala.
This officially-sanctioned handicraft market, located in Guatemala City, opened to the public in 1974 to preserve and promote traditional handicrafts. Textiles and ceramics plus wood and leather items are sold. Occasionally marimba (Central American xylophone) music and folkloric dances are presented.
National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology
The Archeology and Ethnology Museum, with its prized collection of Mayan artifacts exhibits the legacy of the Mayan Culture through jade and ceramic artifacts, stelae and royal tombs. Dioramas exhibit life in a Mayan city and a Guatemalan village.
Museum of Modern Art
Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, has a collection of 20th C Guatemalan art particularly painting and sculpture including the work of Carlos Merida one of Guatemala's most famous painters.