Museums in El Salvador. Get to know them!

By Karla Ramos  |  Jan 16th, 2020
Museums in El Salvador

The Museums in El Salvador are a great way of spending a day exploring, experiencing, enjoying, and learning about the countries history and heritage.

The country has many types of museums for you and your family to enjoy. You can start by visiting the art museum, the anthropology museum, or the museum of natural history; at any of these museums, you will learn about the countries art and history.

Museums in El Salvador
Marte Museum.

Also, you can think and feel like a kid by visiting the Tin Marin museum and exploring one of the many activities at this museum. In any case, at any of the museums in El Salvador, you will have fun and learn.

Museum of Art in El Salvador (MARTE)

The Museum of Art in El Salvador (MARTE), is a non-profit institution responsible for the conservation and dissemination of art in the country. The Art Museum, inaugurated in May 2003, is located in the city of San Salvador.

At the Art Museum, you will find a permanent collection of Salvadoran Art that provides a broad panorama of Salvadoran art from the mid-19th century to the contemporary era. Some of these pieces are own by the museum while others are on loan from individual collectors or from artists.

Ultimately, the Museum of Art in El Salvador is a fantastic way to learn more about Salvadoran history. Therefore, if you need more information about this museum, visit their website at or call them at (503) 2243 6099.

The National Museum of Anthropology.

The Museum of Anthropology or MUNA is located in downtown San Salvador. Its main objective is to promote the collection of artifacts created in the national territory with the end goal of sharing this cultural heritage with all generations.

The number of exhibits in this museum is extraordinary; it ranges from early-Mayan ceramics to modern-day items. The museum allows visitors to gaze into the Salvadoran past, starting from the earliest days of the country and ending in the twenty-first-century life.

For more information about the museum and its collections, visit the following webpage “MUNA” or call the museum at (503) 2243-3750.

Folk Art Museum

The Folk Art Museum is one of the main institutions working on keeping and guarding the richness and uniqueness of El Salvador’s culture and traditions.

A private non-profit institution, created by Salvadoran professionals, found the museum in 2001; its goal is to preserve and document the popular arts and traditions in El Salvador.

Throughout the museum, you will find miniature exhibits with themes such as indigenous clothing, old National Guard uniforms, local music groups, and much more.

As of today, the museum does not seem to have a working website; nevertheless, you can get more information on their facebook page or MITUR web page.

Museum of Natural history in El Salvador “MUHNES.”

At this museum and park, you will have fun learning the natural history of the country. It’s the perfect choice to spend a day or part of your day getting to know Salvadoran history.

The museum, also known as Saburo Hirao EcoPark, was built in 1976. The name “Saburo Hirao” is in recognition of the Japanese who helped with the donation to build the park.

The park area is about 11 acres, in here you will find more than 75 different species of trees, with numerous gardens, waterfalls, and fountains, some of them with a Japanese style.

The Natural History Museum is a place of great importance for the studies on local biodiversity, which includes fossils found in El Salvador.

The museum and park are located about ten to fifteen minutes from the San Salvador historic downtown. If you need more information about this museum, you can call (503) 2270-9228 or visit the MITUR web page.

Museums in El Salvador
Natural History Museum

El Salvador Military History Museum.

The Military history museum gives honors and showcases the history of the Salvadoran Armed Forces.

At the museum, you will find twelve exhibition rooms, with each room displaying military artifacts and weapons that were used in different historical battles. Furthermore, in each exhibition room, you will find portraits and paintings of the Salvadoran Military.

To sum up, the Military Museum presents the entire history of the Armed Forces of El Salvador, its relics, historical pieces, and general documentation of how this entity has defended the country over the years.

If you want to know more information about this museum, call (503) 2250-0000 or visit the MITUR museum webpage.

Kids Museum Tin Marin.

Tin Marin is an interactive museum where kids can learn and play at the same time.

The museum has over 30 exhibits that stimulate creativity and develops skills among children. It creates an environment where kids dream, explore, play, and learn.

Tin Marin Museum opened its doors in 1999. It is the first educational museum in El Salvador aimed at children’s learning. At this museum, children can explore and experience everything related to science, art, technology, and daily life.

If you need more information about the children’s museum, you can call (503) 2268-6900 or visit the Tin Marin website.

Museum Of The Word And Image (MUPI)

The Museum of the Word and Image is a private enterprise dedicated to the research, rescue, preservation, and presentation of the culture and history of El Salvador.

At this museum, you will find over 32,000 photos of El Salvador from the contemporary to recent events. Moreover, the museum has a comprehensive display of audio, film, video, and publications.

To sum up, the Museum of the Word and Image is a great place to learn about Salvadoran history. If you need more information, visit the museum website or call (503) 2564-7005.

National Aviation Museum.

The National Aviation Museum opened its doors in December 2001. It is located at the former International Airport terminal in Ilopango.

The former International Airport in Ilopango was built in the 1940s, and it was used until the late 1970s. Presently, the airport is used by the military and small commercial planes.

The Museum has 10 rooms and 3 exhibition halls with various attractions associated with the historical trajectory of the Salvadoran Air Force. Obviously, to learn more about the Aviation Museum, visit their website here.

The Museum of the Salvadoran Revolution.

Located in the small municipality of Perquin in the department of Morazan, The Museum of the Salvadoran Revolution pays tribute to those who died during the Salvadoran armed conflict of the ’80s.

As a matter of fact, a group of ex guerilla fighters created the museum in 1992; unquestionably, the goal is to remind and explain to new generations the armed conflict that the country experienced for many years.

Furthermore, the museum on its displays tells the story of twelve years of armed conflicts that impacted the whole country in different ways. Also, here, you will find a collection of objects, documents, images, and information on historical moments related to the Salvadoran civil war.

The museum is located in the small city of Perquin in the department of Morazan. This area, during the armed conflict, was a stronghold for the guerillas. Also, if you need more information about this museum, you can call (503) 2680-4045.

Museum of the Salvadoran Revolution
Museum of the Salvadoran Revolution

Arqueological museums in El Salvador.

El Salvador was part of the great Maya civilization that ruled the area for years. Part of this history can be seen at the museums located in each archeological site, these are the most popular.

  • Tazumal museum located in Chalchuapa, (503) 2444-0010.
  • Joya de Ceren museum located in San Juan Opico, (503) 2401-5748.
  • Casa Blanca museum located in Chalchuapa, (503) 2444-0592.
  • San Andres Museum located in Ciudad Arce, (503) 2319-3220.

Undoubtedly, at any of these museums, you will be able to see Mayan artifacts, furthermore, the museums are next to the best Mayan Ruins in El Salvador.

To sum up, El Salvador is not a top destination to see museums; nonetheless, the country has some fantastic museums that should be included as a must-see. So, visit a Salvadoran museum and learn about the countries history or simply enjoy it!

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