Posted 9 July, 2013 by Stuart Torres in Heritage

Museo de Armas de Santiago de los Caballeros


The museum has a permanent exhibition showing and relates the Prehispanic and Colonial times. At the entrance hall there is a vestibular, where visitors unveils museum brief information. When you begin the route, the visitor is located in the geographical space and is initiated into the knowledge of the development of colonial life during the sixteenth, XVII and XVIII. Also the visitor can relate to the characters in the paintings, with the prominence they had on colonial life; and to know the importance of the Church in the colony and its strong influence; theme introduced in heraldry, in support of the story in order to track events, characters, inter alia; determine the influence of the craft guilds, in daily lifestyle, the reasons that gave rise, the disciplines together to conform and their influence in order to achieve greater social hierarchy. Can not miss the exhibition of arms, which is the collection that gives the title to the museum.



Ceramics: The collection consists of a sample of recent manufacture various objects but that exemplify the development of majolica pottery was manufactured in Guatemala during the seventeenth century whose local industry did not die but continued to this day albeit with a low yield.

Heraldry: There is a collection of coats of arms that distinguish individuals and institutions and that the museum allows visitors to relate characters and families with history. Within the collection one of the main shield is the city of Santiago de los Caballeros.

Smithy: This is a small sample of objects that associate the different offices of the craft guilds in daily lifestyle.

Furniture: Represents a collection of different processing techniques and styles of grind, which resulted in a chest of characteristics to produce the so-called colonial furniture.
Painting: It is a collection that represents both characters that had some role in colonial life, as some depicting religious themes.

Sculpture: It's a small sample of the great splendor it had colonial imagery and their importance in religion.

Arms: This collection is related above all to the colonial era; sample and compares well both Spanish and native weapons at the time of the conquest.


Broadcast area: No account with administrative or technical area or staff prepared to assume specialized educational challenges, Research and dissemination; however, the museum organizes exhibitions and educational publications.

Projection museological: The Museum, by its exceptional location, is visited by many types of people interested in the history of the city, so that it is projected and disclosed by way of fulfilling its mission communicative, educational and recreational. Thus the museum tour is to support all the theoretical material or both history collection and the cultural development of the city of La Antigua Guatemala, which aims to establish a link between the visitor and learning through teaching implemented in said path. Furthermore, this projection is complemented by a series of temporary exhibitions, conferences, workshops and events dedicated to different types of people that visit the museum, but especially the school age.

Education: The museum currently has an educational program established, but performs different activities such as lectures and workshops that allow visitors mainly school age, gain a better appreciation of the exhibition visit. It works especially with changing exhibitions and working handouts, on topics that fit the study guides, mainly in the areas of history and knowledge and rescue the nation's heritage.

Other Services: Work is underway to implement a particular library to serve students and visitors in general, providing information of historical. Most of the books available to the museum have been donated by various institutions and individuals.



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