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Heritages and Museums

The Museum of Musical Instruments is the only privately owned museum in Calle Jaen. It was one of my favorite museums in La Paz as it offers so much more than Bolivia’s ubiquitous panpipes and charangos (the typical ten-string Andes string instruments).

The Coca Museum covers the history of the coca plant from the Andean region and related drug cocaine. It is associated with the International Coca Research Institute in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. A travelling version of the museum is available.

National Folklore Museum Housed in the 18th-century Marquis de Villa Verde Palace, is a surprisingly modern museum showcasing the regional particularities and unique characteristics of Bolivia’s independent cultures. Founded in 1925, MUSEF, or Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore as it’s translated in Spanish, is a public non-profit institution dedicated to Bolivia’s ethnic diversity, the promotion of research into Bolivia’s ethnology and the preservation and expansion of its cultural artifacts collection.

Museo de Metales Preciosos ,also known as Museo del Oro (Gold Museum), features ancient archaeological pieces from various time periods and cultures, some thought to be around 3000 years old. On display are articles of sliver, gold and copper works as well as jewelry, clothes and pottery which are attributed to the Tiwanaku, Aymara, Mollo, Yampara, Wankarani, Urukilla, Inca and Beni cultures.

The National Museum of Archaeology of Bolivia is the national archaeology museum of Bolivia. It is located in the capital of La Paz, two blocks east of the Prado. perated by the National Institute of Archaeology, a specialized agency of the Deputy Minister of Culture, it is said to be the most prominent museum in Bolivia.