Boca de Tomatlan, Mexico
August 15, 2005
The museum is on the ground floor in what used to be the city jail. It still feels like a prison, dark and a little spooky. Much of what is on display are artifacts of war. There is a whole room of canons. Sabers, swords, spears and rifles line many walls. Scattered around are busts, banners, and coats of arm of conquistadors. Towards the back of the museum is a display of native weapons.
Found among the war paraphernalia are everyday items of colonial life. There are ceramics and plenty of furniture, some of it beautiful. In the bright courtyard is one of the original sirens from the famed fountain in the plaza. One of the more popular displays is the torture room with an assortment of pain inducing items. We somehow missed this room. If you also cannot find it, be sure to ask, as it was highly recommended to us, unfortunately, after our visit.
While we were there, we found no one to give us additional information on pieces that caught our attention. The few posted descriptions were vague, although they were in Spanish, Italian, English, French, German and Japanese I believe.
I found the building more interesting than the displays, with its curved ceilings and archways, its incredibly thick walls and its small interior windows. El Museo de Santiago is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am until noon. Admission is 10Q (USD$1.25).
Although not a must-see museum, it was a pleasant place to spend an hour. Just outside the door, along the arcade, are benches with a beautiful view of the lush plaza and the volcano looming above it.
From journal Museums of Antigua