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National Folklore Museum - Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore

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Address: Ingavi 916, La Paz, Bolivia
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The highlight of this museum is the 3000 Years of Textiles exhibit, a...

The highlight of this museum is the 3000 Years of Textiles exhibit, a display of brilliantly colored skirts, blankets and ponchos used by women to carry their children – each one a piece of artwork in itself.

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A must-see

Before you go anywhere else in the country, this museum will give you an excellent overview of Bolivian culture and history. Before you go textile shopping in Sagárnaga street... read more

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Before you go anywhere else in the country, this museum will give you an excellent overview of Bolivian culture and history. Before you go textile shopping in Sagárnaga street, you need to see their textile and lluchu (hats) collection to appreciate the artisan work behind it. Before you go to the salt flats or the Amazon, you need to see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Museum tells the history of the Andean clothing and cultural aspects. The temporary shows are also incredible. There is a Cafe downstairs also. A must go!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great display of ceremonial masks - very well done. The ceramics, textiles, metal-work and feathered costumes were also great. Sure, there is little interpretive signage in English, but what the heck, I just made it up!

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

We went to MUSEF with my sister and brother-in-law. We took a very informative tour, which introduced us to Tiawanaku, a civilization that predated the Inca. Quite the surprise to us naive Americans. It led us to Tiawanaku, which is an archaeological site well worth a visit in its own right. MUSEF is on Calle Jaen, which is a beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

A wonderful museum; a must visit. I recommend to start here before even visiting the rest of the country. It will create a great awareness to the fabulous cultures, colors, archeology that will be found along the way. This museum is very well organized into several thematic rooms. The masks room just amazed me so much. Make sure you have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Good organized and well equipped museum for 20Bs. Recommended to bring a 2 hour time and advanced Spanish language level or book an English speaking guide. There are temporary expositions that are included in the price.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Favorite parts for me was textiles & ceramics. Lots of examples of each. Plus, the videos are well worth a watch. Very educational to see the processes broken down, step by step. Wish I was that talented...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Pursuing my long-term interest in ethnic textiles, culture and lifestyle, we spent two hours (although you could do it more quickly) in this very well curated small museum in the old centre of La Paz. There was an excellent room with examples of spinning and weaving equipment used by women of different indigenous groups in Bolivia, complemented by excellent short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

I went to this on the night of museums with a friend who I am interning with here (both ~20 yr old females), so it was relatively crowded, and we felt a little rushed. It was very good information about the history and culture of Bolivia. They have a little bit of everything. Most things are in Spanish, but everything... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

We visited this museum in April 2016. There was a play going on in the courtyard! (it was in Spanish, but you could get the idea that it was about corrupt priests and aristocracy). The building is itself very interesting (It seems to have been a home at one time). The exhibits were well done, but could have done with... More 

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