In Casa Santo Domingo, a profound respect for yesterday and today’s culture prevails; that is why we have undertaken the task of building and restoring a colonial monument in order to preserve and highlight the artistic manifestations that, due to their relevance, deserve to be called true works of art.
The Museums Promenade is a cultural route created by an agreement between San Carlos de Guatemala University and Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. It is a route that makes it possible to visit the museums installed in what was the church and convent of Santo Domingo and Santo Tomás de Aquino (Saint Thomas Aquinas) College. During the time of the Spanish domination these places constituted one single unit.
The Colonial Museum contains works produced during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the beginning of the nineteenth century. It includes religious paintings, silver pieces such as lecterns, crowns, mostrances and chalices; sculptures in domestic woods and great format of archangels, saints, virgins, cherubs, spirits, and painted metals.
The Archeology Museum exhibits ceramic and stone objects such as feminine figures, vases, plates, bowls, funerary urns, thuribles, ceremonial batchets and yokes that mostly correspond to the Classic Period (200-900 AD) of the Mayan Culture. It also has a collection of colonial ceramic jugs that were probably used to store grains or liquids.
Museum of Pre-Columbian Art and Modern Glass
Offers a comparative sample of Pre-Hispanic objects manufactured in ceramics, stone and other recent glass pieces.
Marco Augusto Quiroa and The Artist Halls
Dedicated to great temporary artistic exhibits.
Sacatepéquez Arts and Popular Handcrafts Museum
The Sacatepéquez Arts and Popular Handcrafts Museum contains a sample of the old handcraft traditions of this region´s people, such as glazed crockery, painted ceramic, pyrogravure, wrought iron, candles, carpentry and cabinet making, tin ware, textiles and kites, among others.
The Pharmacy Museum has furniture that belonged to the “Farmacia Oriental” of Guatemala City, made towards the end of the 19th century, as well as porcelain, marble, glass and bronze pieces that were part of private collections and were once used to keep medicinal products.