The Museums of La Paz

As the capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz has a lot to offer from beautiful beaches to art and culture. When you need a break from the sand and the sun, here are a few of the city’s museums that are worth checking out.

Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia

Address: Corner of Ignacio Manuel Altamirano and 5 de Mayo
Tel. 612-125-6424
Open 9am-6pm daily
Admission: $75 pesos

The regional anthropology and history museum is a large museum set in the heart of town and is an interesting place to learn about the La Paz region and the Baja peninsula. The museum features exhibits about the history of the area, displays of Baja California cave paintings and pictographs, historical photographs, fossils dating back 60 million years, and a botanical garden. One thing to note is that displays and signs throughout the museum are only in Spanish.

Museo de la Ballena

Address: Obregón and 16 de Septiembre
Tel. 612-129-6987
Open 9am-2pm Mon.-Sat.
Admission: US$9 adults, US$4 children

Remodeled in 2018, La Paz’s whale museum is a fun stop for families and those interested in both whales and other marinelife such as dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. There’s a complete skeleton of a gray whale as well as exhibits with history, artifacts, videos, and art related to whales. Kids will enjoy an interactive element where visitors can touch baleen and whale bones. Most of the exhibits are in Spanish, but guides who speak English are available to walk you through the museum for free.

El Museo de Arte de Baja California Sur

Address: Calle Madero between Independencia and 5 de Mayo
Tel. 612-129-4176,
Open 11am-7pm Tues.-Sun

Newly opened in 2020, the Baja Sur art museum MUABCS is a small but well-curated art museum. The museum has three halls, one dedicated to the art of Baja California Sur artists, one dedicated to modern art, and the third dedicated to contemporary art. Free guided tours are available if you call ahead. There are often events, workshops, and special exhibits, so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page.

El Serpentario de La Paz

Address: Brecha California between Nueva Reforma and Guaycura
Tel. 612-104-0584
Open 9:30am-3pm Thur.-Sun.
Admission: $200 pesos adults, $100 pesos children

Home to over 150 reptiles, La Paz’s serpentarium features reptile exhibits and lectures and events. The museum focuses on education about conservation and rehabilitation in the region. Lizards, snakes, turtles, reptiles, and fish are all on display for visitors to see. Kids will love the hands-on aspect of getting to hold creatures such as lizards or tarantulas and the aviary provides an opportunity to feed birds and rabbits.

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