A Comayagua museum will surely figure among the attractions you visit when in this region. They are certainly some of the top attractions in the city that they call home. Complementing these museums are Comayagua’s other cultural and historic sites, which include colonial churches, palaces, and squares. Add it all up, and it becomes clear that Comayagua is a great place to get some cultural exposure during a Honduras vacation.
Comayagua Museum of Anthropology & Lenca People
Museum of Anthropology
There are two Comayagua museums that get the most attention. One of them is the Comayagua Museum of Anthropology & Lenca History. This institution is housed in a former presidential mansion that is surrounded by a grassy courtyard. Inside, you will find what is probably the most comprehensive collection of Lenca artifacts. Among the people of Honduras, the Lenca are the largest indigenous group. The majority of the pieces that are on display came from regional archaeological sites, and they include tools, textiles, pottery, stone carvings, and petroglyphs. Complementing the main exhibits that relate to the Lenca people are a few small rooms that focus on Honduran culture. The museum also has a small craft store.
Comayagua Museum of Religious Art
The other main Comayagua museum is the Museum of Religious Art. It occupies a historic building from the 16th century that was actually the first University in Central America. The wonderful collection that greets visitors at this museum is comprised of various pieces that came from the city’s Spanish colonial churches. During the colonial era, Spain was one of the richest and most powerful nation’s in the world, and among the things that the Spanish adorned their Honduras churches with was valuable art. On display at the Comayagua Museum of Religious Art are various paintings, sculptures, and chalices. The museum also houses historical documents, including the marriage certificate of Francisco Morazan (1792-1842). Morazan was a Honduran general who rose to become the first Central American president.