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Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)
Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)

Jade Factory and Museum (Jade Maya)

Free admission
Daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
4a. Calle oriente No. 34, Antigua, Guatemala

The basics

Exhibits at the museum include original and replica jade items from Olmec, Maya, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican cultures. Learn about the different shades of jade and about the process of producing jade goods, from mining through to the creation of ready-to-wear jewelry. The museum is often visited as part of sightseeing tours of Antigua and as part of shore excursions from the Puerto Quetzal cruise port. For a more hands-on experience, take part in a jade-carving workshop, during which you can cut, polish, and engrave your own piece of jade under the guidance of an expert.

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Carve your own jade in Antigua!
Carve your own jade in Antigua!
$59.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very fun experience and you keep your art work.
After a short tour through the store's museum for a history of Guatemalan jade, we were led to the jade workshop. The guide helped us pick our jade color and shape pattern. He then instructed in cutting and polishing the jade. Even with modern machinery it was hard work, but fun. One of the highlights of our trip to Guatemala.
Marcus_M, Jul 2022

Things to know before you go

  • The Jade Factory and Museum is a must for history buffs and jewelry lovers.
  • This is a good place to buy authentic jade products, with all items made from certified jadeite jade.
  • The Jade Maya shop offers not just jewelry but also jade statues, charms, and knives, among other decorative objects.
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How to get there

The Jade Factory and Museum is located in central Antigua. It is less than 10 minutes from Antigua’s Central Park (Parque Central). Follow Calle Poniente east from the central plaza.

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When to get there

The Jade Factory and Museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Come early to experience it at its quietest.

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Maya Jade

Jadeite, the type of jade found in the Motagua Valley in eastern Guatemala, is believed to have been of great importance to the Maya people. The stone was used to make pendants and funeral masks, as well as for religious offerings. It’s thought the stone’s green color was associated with water and the leafy stalks of growing maize plants, and thus with life itself.

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