Precious metals, weapons and indigenous clothing donated by the Germans.
A most curious connection.
This museum is testament to a curious, historical bond that has existed for years: the bond between Guatemala and Germany. Located in the Quiché Department, this centre was opened to the public in 1950. Its collection, ranging from the Pre-classic to the Post-classic era, has been donated by Germany thanks to Idelfonso Rossbach, a resident of the parish of Chichicastenango. Rossbach, who was the priest of this parish, took on the task of compiling these invaluable objects from the Guatemalan highlands. The exhibitions here include all kinds of artwork that has been carved, sculpted and worked in precious metals and other materials, such as clay or jade. There is also a collection of colonial weapons that were used in defence against the colonisers and traditional clothing and regalia from these communities.