With its vast pre-Hispanic legacy and culture, Palenque offers a priceless didactic experience to the culture-curious traveller. Just one kilometer from the architectural site, the archaeological museum of Palenque, named after Dr. Alberto Ruz L´Huiller, presents a collection of stunning archaeological pieces and illustrations, and documents the work of explorers and historians who have contributed to our understanding of the Mayan World.
The Ruz L´Huiller Museum gives you the chance to learn about the most important excavations at Palenque, all performed during the 18th century. This unmissable museum is considered among the most remarkable of the Mayan area, since its collection boasts around 234 pieces originating in different areas of Palenque.
The main exhibition hall is state-of-the-art designed, and offers detailed and accurate information about the ruling dynasty of the Mayan world. A full tour of the museum will take you around 30-45 minutes, though the museum's temporary exhibits can add on an extra 30 minutes, depending how absorbed you let yourself get in Palenque's enchanting history.
The Textile Museum in the central square of Palenque exhibits the region's famously colorful textile garments, handmade by Chiapas craftsmen and women. As well as learning about the history and techniques employed in the making of these garments, you can also buy select pieces handmade by local artisans.
The Textile Museum, Lak puj kul, which means “our garments”, samples the vast textile production of the inhabitants of Chiapas, demonstrating how the garments of the region are elaborated. This unique cultural facility opens its doors to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 13 hours and from 17 to 20 hours.