As the capital city, Tegucigalpa offers many museums. We have put together a list of the most outstanding museums so that you can enjoy them. Many of the top Museums in Tegucigalpa are in the downtown area. They are all within walking distance, and I suggest you plan on visiting them all in one day. Most of the museums in Honduras are under the management of the Honduras Institute of Anthropology and History.
Museo Nacional Villaroy.
This museum has been closed for several years due to structural damages to the building. It is currently under repairs and should re open later this year. It is in the Buenos Aires district of Tegucigalpa. The Museum specializes in republican history, spanning from independence in 1821 to contemporary times. The house itself was the home to one of Honduras’ presidents. You will see some of the old presidential vehicles used by presidents in Honduras. The building has a strong influence of Italian Architecture.
Museo de la Identidad Nacional
This is probably the most important museum in Tegucigalpa. It is in the centennial Edificio de los Ministerios in downtown Tegucigalpa, which was totally renovated for this purpose. This museum offers the most complete review of Honduras from a historical and ethnographic view point. The building is on the Avenida Cristobal Colon, which is the pedestrian Paseo Liquidambar Street that starts at central park. One of the unique features of this museum is virtual three-dimensional presentation of life in Copan during the peak of its glory. Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. On Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. There is a pleasant coffee shop and souvenir store on premises.
Museo Historico Militar
Located at the Valle Park in Tegucigalpa, this museum houses a selection of personal objects as well as photography’s of various illustrious military heroes and strongmen of Honduras. Also, on display antique and modern firearms. Learn about the military history of Honduras and Central America here.
This is a private collection of valuable pre Hispanic artifacts and coins and printed currency. They also have one magnificent art by the best contemporary paintings by Honduran artists. Located at Plaza Bancatlan, on Boulevard Miraflores in Tegucigalpa. Open from Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. This museum has a web portal that allows you to visit its attractions on the web!
Galeria Nacional de Arte (National Art Gallery, also known as Paraninfo)
You will find the National Art Gallery half a block from Tegucigalpa’s central park. It is between the National Congress building and the colonial Church of Mercy. A lovely restored colonial building that was once a convent serves as a home for this museum. Enjoy the large a varied collection of art from the most outstanding Honduran painters here. Some of the most, outstanding paintings date from the early colonial times to contemporary painters. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 to noon and closed Sundays. They also host different exhibits from around the world.
Museum of Natural History
Located at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) Biology department. This museum offers displays of the different ecosystems of Honduras. They host a collection of Taxidermy specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles of Honduras. The University is located next to the Basilica of our Lady of Suyapa, Entrance fee is only Lps 5.00 per person. To get there, you can take the bus or colectivo from from La Isla, (downtown Tegus) to the National University or to Suyapa. Get off at the first entrance to the University, go to the southern most university building, which is the Department of Biology and ask for the Museum.
This museum is an interactive educational center for children and the pride of Tegucigalpa. It is just off the Boulevard Fuerzas Armadas, behind the new Central Bank of Honduras building. Nearby is the old presidential building. Chiminique is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. till 12 noon and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum offers a variety of exhibits and settings that will help the kids understand their social and natural environment. If you are in Tegus with children, this is a must!