Museums and Collections

Museums and Collections with Maya Inscriptions

In addition to the buildings and monuments at the sites themselves, the numerous objects that were recovered there and are now housed in museums and collections constitute a critical source for compiling the inventory of Maya inscriptions that is, in turn, necessary for constructing the corpus database.

The following is intended to make available for search a list of all collections of Maya objects in museums and archaeological sites that are accessible to researchers and interested members of the public. The list is not static; rather, it will be continually updated and expanded. The most recent changes may be found on the right-hand side of the page, including the date of the most recent update to each record.

In addition, visitors to this website are invited to report new museums or collections, as well as corrections, changes, or updates to museums that are already listed, in order that this information may then be incorporated into the list or existing records may be updated, as the case may be.

Besides name and location, the list includes also contact information for the relevant museum and, if existent, information concerning its online presence, with links to its website and social media channels. To aid further searches, direct links to the museum’s catalogs and database with inventories of Maya objects are also given, if available.

When possible, the IDs from Geonames, as well as the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) and the Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) are given for precise georeferencing. A map (Google Maps) showing the exact location of the relevant museum or collection is also given for each record.

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Please use the following citation when referencing the Museums and Collections list:

Elisabeth Wagner, Mallory Matsumoto, Nikolai Kiel and Sven Gronemeyer

2014- A Checklist of Museums with Maya Art. Published on: http://www.mayawoerterbuch.de, last accessed on: 29.7.2014.

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Name(s) Abbreviation City Country
Area
National Gallery of Victoria NGV Melbourne Australia
Victoria
Weltmuseum Wien
Museum für Völkerkunde
Wien Austria
Wien
National Gallery of Australia
Australian National Gallery
NGA Canberra Australia
Australian Capital Territory
Australian Museum AUSTMUS Sydney Australia
New South Wales
La Trobe University (†)
LTU Pre-Columbian Collection
LTU Melbourne Australia
Victoria
Museés Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire
Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis (KMKG), Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH)
MRAH Brussels Belgium
Bruxelles-Capitale
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
MBAM Montréal Canada
Quebec
Royal Ontario Museum ROM Toronto Canada
Ontario
Museum of Anthropology MOA Vancouver Canada
British Columbia
Museum der Kulturen Basel
Museum für Völkerkunde und Schweizerisches Museum für Volkskunde Basel
MKB Basel Switzerland
Basel-Stadt
Bernisches Historisches Museum
Musée d’Histoire de Berne, Einstein Museum, Historisches Museum Bern, Ethnographische Abteilung
BHM Bern Switzerland
Bern
Musée Barbier-Mueller Geneva Switzerland
Genève
Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève MEG Geneva Switzerland
Genève
Musée d'Ethnographie MEN Neuchâtel Switzerland
Neuchâtel
Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St. Gallen
Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum Sankt Gallen, Sammlung für Völkerkunde
HVMSG Sankt Gallen Switzerland
Sankt Gallen
Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen Switzerland
Schaffhausen
Museum Rietberg
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Rietberg Museum
Zürich Switzerland
Zürich
Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich
Universität Zürich - Völkerkundemuseum
Zürich Switzerland
Zürich
Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino Santiago Chile
Región Metropolitana de Santiago
Museo Nacional de Costa Rica San José Costa Rica
San José
Náprstkovo Muzeum
Náprstek Museum, Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures
NMUP Prague Czech Republic
Praha, hlavní mešto
Ethnologisches Museum
Museum für Völkerkunde
SMPK Berlin Germany
Berlin
Übersee-Museum Bremen Bremen Germany
Bremen
Hetjens-Museum
Deutsches Keramikmuseum
Düsseldorf Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg Hamburg Germany
Hamburg
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - Kulturen der Welt
RJM Köln Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig Leipzig Germany
Sachsen
Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen
Museum Weltkulturen
REM Mannheim Germany
Baden-Württemberg
Museum Fünf Kontinente
Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde München
München Germany
Bayern
Linden-Museum Stuttgart
Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde
Stuttgart Germany
Baden-Württemberg
Nationalmuseet
National Museum of Denmark
NATMUS Copenhagen Denmark
Hovedstaden
Museu Etnològic Barcelona Spain
Cataluña
Museu Víctor Balaguer
Museo Victor Balaguer
Vilanova i la Geltrú Spain
Cataluña
Didrichsenin Taidemuseo
Didrichsen Art Museum
Helsinki Finland
Uusimaa
Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Department des Manuscrits, Site Richelieu-Louvois
BNF Paris France
Paris
Musée de l'Homme
Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle
Paris France
Paris
Museo de América Madrid Spain
Madrid
Musée du Louvre
Louvre Museum
Paris France
Paris
Musée du quai Branly
Quai Branly Museum
Paris France
Paris
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology MAA Cambridge United Kingdom
Cambridgeshire
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery RAMM Exeter United Kingdom
Devon
World Museum Liverpool
National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
Liverpool United Kingdom
Lancashire
British Museum BM London United Kingdom
Camden
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts SCVA Norwich United Kingdom
Norfolk
Pitt Rivers Museum PRM Oxford United Kingdom
Oxfordshire
Museo Popol Vuh
Popol Vuh Archaeological Museum
Guatemala Guatemala
Guatemala
Sitio Arqueológico Iximche y Museo Tecpán Guatemala Guatemala
Chimaltenango
Centro de Visitantes y Museo de Sitio de Zaculeu
Museo Arqueológico
Zaculeu Guatemala
Huehuetenango
Museo Escolar Casa K’inich Copán Ruinas Honduras
Copán
Museo Regional de Arqueología Maya Copán Ruinas Honduras
Copán
Museo de la Escultura Maya Copán Ruinas Honduras
Copán
Israel Museum
מוזיאון ישראל
Jerusalem Israel
Yerushalayim
National Museum of India
राष्ट्रीय संग्रहालय, National Museum
New Delhi India
Delhi
Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan
国立民族学博物館, みんぱく, National Museum of Ethnology, Minpaku
Suita Japan
Osaka
Museo Nacional de Antropología MNA México D.F. Mexico
Distrito Federal
Museo de Antropología de Xalapa
Universidad Veracruzana
MAX Xalapa Mexico
Veracruz
Tropenmuseum Amsterdam The Netherlands
Noord-Holland
Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde
National Museum of Ethnology
Leiden The Netherlands
Zuid-Holland
Världskulturmuseet
Etnografiska Museum, National Museum of World Cultures
Göteborg Sweden
Västra Götalands län
Etnografiska Museet
Statens Museer för Världskultur, Folkensmuseum Etnografiska
Stockholm Sweden
Stockholms län
Mead Art Museum
Amherst College
MEAD Amherst United States
Massachusetts
Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore United States
Maryland
Walters Art Museum Baltimore United States
Maryland
Museum of Fine Arts MFA Boston United States
Massachusetts
Robert Hull Fleming Museum
Fleming Museum of Art, Fleming Museum
Burlington United States
Vermont
Peabody Museum of American Archeology and Ethnology Cambridge United States
Massachusetts
Mint Museum Randolph
Mint Museum
Charlotte United States
North Carolina
Fralin Museum of Art
Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, University of Virginia Art Museum, Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia
Charlottesville United States
Virginia
Art Institute of Chicago ARTIC Chicago United States
Illinois
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago United States
Illinois
Cleveland Museum of Art Cleveland United States
Ohio
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Taylor Museum
Colorado Springs United States
Colorado
Lowe Art Museum Coral Gables United States
Florida
Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
DMA Dallas United States
Texas
Dayton Art Institute Dayton United States
Ohio
Denver Art Museum Denver United States
Colorado
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Museum of Natural History
DMNS Denver United States
Colorado
Detroit Institute of Arts DIA Detroit United States
Michigan
Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth United States
Texas
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island FAMLI Hempstead United States
New York
Menil Collection MENIL Houston United States
Texas
The Museum of Fine Arts
Alfred C. Glassel jr Museum of Fine Arts
MFAH Houston United States
Texas
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Johnson Museum of Art
Ithaca United States
New York
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Nelson Gallery, Atkins-Museum, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Atkins Museum of Fine Arts
Kansas City United States
Kansas
Fowler Museum of Cultural History Los Angeles United States
California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA Los Angeles United States
California
Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum
Frost Art Museum
Miami United States
Florida
Bass Museum of Art Miami Beach United States
Florida
Minneapolis Institute of Arts MIA Minneapolis United States
Minnesota
Peabody Museum
Peabody Museum of Natural History
New Haven United States
Connecticut
Yale University Art Gallery New Haven United States
Connecticut
New Orleans Museum of Art
Isaac Delgado Museum of Art
NOMA New Orleans United States
Louisiana
American Museum of Natural History AMNH New York United States
New York
National Museum of the American Indian
George Gustav Heye Center, Smithsonian Institution
NMAI-NY New York United States
New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art MET New York United States
New York
Snite Museum of Art Notre Dame United States
Indiana
Philadelphia Museum of Art PMA Philadelphia United States
Pennsylvania
Penn Museum
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Philadelphia United States
Pennsylvania
Princeton University Art Museum Princeton United States
New Jersey
Princeton University Library
Firestone Library
Princeton United States
New Jersey
North Carolina Museum of Art Raleigh United States
North Carolina
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts VMFA Richmond United States
Virginia
Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Rochester United States
New York
Saint Louis Art Museum
St. Louis Art Museum
SLAM Saint Louis United States
Missouri
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Marcia and John Price Museum
UMFA Salt Lake City United States
Utah
San Diego Museum of Art
Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego
San Diego United States
California
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
California Palace of the Legion of Honor
San Francisco United States
California
Mexican Museum San Francisco United States
California
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Bowers Museum
Santa Ana United States
California
Seattle Art Museum SAM Seattle United States
Washington
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block Tucson United States
Arizona
Gilcrease Museum
Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, The Thomas Gilcrease Institute
Tulsa United States
Oklahoma
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection DOAKS Washington United States
District of Columbia
National Museum of the American Indian
NMAI on the National Mall, Smithsonian Institution
NMAI-DC Washington D.C. United States
District of Columbia
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington D.C. United States
District of Columbia
Wichita Art Museum Wichita United States
Kansas
Worcester Art Museum Worcester United States
Massachusetts
Appleton Museum of Art, Central Florida Community College Ocala United States
Florida
Brooklyn Museum Brooklyn United States
New York
Buchmuseum der Sächsischen Landesbibliothek, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden SLUB Dresden Germany
Sachsen
Cantor Arts Center
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University
Stanford United States
California
Centro Cultural Kumool
Museo de Arqueología de Nebaj
CCK Nebaj Guatemala
El Quiché
Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco, Colección Stavenhagen México D.F. Mexico
Distrito Federal
Fitchburg Art Museum Fitchburg United States
Massachusetts
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma Norman United States
Oklahoma
Fresno Art Museum
Fresno Fine Arts Center
Fresno United States
California
George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art Toronto Canada
Ontario
Hudson Museum, University of Maine Orono United States
Maine
J.I. Kislak Foundation Miami United States
Florida
Knauf-Museum Iphofen
Knauf-Museum
Iphofen Germany
Bayern
Chrysler Museum of Art
Chrysler Museum
Norfolk United States
Virginia
Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College Beloit United States
Wisconsin
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco FAMSF San Francisco United States
California
Barrick Museum
Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Las Vegas United States
Nevada
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University Atlanta United States
Georgia
Milwaukee Public Museum MPM Milwaukee United States
Wisconsin
Mingei International Museum San Diego United States
California
Museo de Arte Prehispánico de México Rufino Tamayo
Museo Rufino Tamayo
Oaxaca de Juárez Mexico
Oaxaca
Musee d'Ethnographie, l'Université de Bordeaux 2 MEB Bordeaux France
Gironde
Museo Americanistico Federico Lunardi Genova Italy
Genova
Museo Amparo Puebla de Zaragoza Mexico
Puebla
Museo de la Cultura Maya Ciudad de Chetumal Mexico
Quintana Roo
Museo de las Americas Denver United States
Colorado
Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología MUNAE Guatemala Guatemala
Guatemala
Museo Nacional de Antropologia "Dr. David Joaquin Guzman" MUNA San Salvador El Salvador
San Salvador
Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico Luigi Pigorini Rome Italy
IT-RM
Museo Regional de Antropología Carlos Pellicer Cámara Villahermosa Mexico
Tabasco
Museo Regional de Antropología Palacio Cantón
Museo Regional de Antropología de Yucatán
Mérida Mexico
Yucatán
Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University MOA Winston-Salem United States
North Carolina
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University Museum of Art
Durham United States
North Carolina
Harn Museum of Art
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
Gainesville United States
Florida
San Antonio Museum of Art San Antonio United States
Texas
San Bernardino County Museum Redlands United States
California
San Diego Museum of Man San Diego United States
California
Schokoladenmuseum Köln Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
Spurlock Museum
The William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Urbana United States
Illinois
Hillwood Art Museum
Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood
Brookville United States
New York
Honolulu Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu United States
US-HI
The Houston Museum of Natural Science HMNS Houston United States
Texas
University of Denver Museum of Anthropology DUMA Denver United States
Colorado
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History CUMNH Boulder United States
Colorado
Bonner Altamerika-Sammlung BASA Bonn Germany
Nordrhein-Westfalen
Ambergris Museum and Cultural Centre (†) Ambergris Caye Belize
Corozal
Hacienda Yaxcopoil
Antigua Hacienda y Museo
Yaxcopoil Mexico
Yucatán
Cahal Pech Visitor Center and Museum Cahal Pech Belize
Cayo
California Academy of Sciences
California Academy of Sciences, Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability, Vertebrate Zoology and Anthropology
CAS San Francisco United States
California
Casa Frederick Catherwood Mérida Mexico
Yucatán
Museo Tz’unun Ya’
Centro Cultural Comunitario Museo Tz’unun Ya’
San Pedro La Laguna (Tz'unun Ya') Guatemala
Sololá
Corozal House of Culture
Corozal Cultural Centre, Corozal Cultural Museum
Corozal Town Belize
Corozal
Gran Museo del Mundo Maya Mérida Mexico
Yucatán
Museo Maya de Cancún Cancun Mexico
Quintana Roo
Beijing World Art Museum WAM Beijing China
Hebei
Kulturhistorisk Museum
Museum of Cultural History, Etnografisk Museum, Universitetets Kulturhistoriske Museer, Ethnographic Museum
KHM Oslo Norway
Oslo
Alcaldia San Benito Poité San Benito Poité Belize
Toledo
Kakaw - Museo del Cacao & Chocolatería Cultural San Cristóbal de las Casas Mexico
Chiapas
Lubaantun Visitor Center and Museum Lubaantun Belize
Toledo
Museo "Juan Antonio Valdes", Parque de Estelas "Nikolai Grube"
El Chiclero Pottery Museum
Uaxactun Guatemala
Petén
Museo Arqueológico Cancun (†) Cancun Mexico
Quintana Roo
Museo Arqueológico de Comitán
Centro Cultural Rosario Castellanos de Comitán de Domínguez, Casa de la Cultura
Comitán de Domínguez Mexico
Chiapas
Museo de Arqueología y Etnología "Horacio Alejos León" Retalhuleu Guatemala
Retalhuleu
Museo de Balancán "Dr. José Gómez Panaco" Balancán de Dominguez Mexico
Tabasco
Museo de Historia de Tenosique
Museo de Historia del Municipio de Tenosique, Tabasco
Tenosique de Pino Suarez Mexico
Tabasco
Museo de Historia Republicana de Villa Roy (†)
Museo Nacional Villaroy, Museo Nacional de Tegucigalpa
Tegucigalpa Honduras
Francisco Morazón
Museo de Joya de Cerén Joya de Cerén El Salvador
La Libertad
Museo de la Ciudad "Arq. Ventura Marín Azcuaga"
Museo de la Ciudad
Emiliano Zapata Mexico
Tabasco
Museo de la Ciudad Ciudad de Chetumal Mexico
Quintana Roo
Museo de la Ciudad de Mérida Mérida Mexico
Yucatán
Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
Museo de Cozumel
San Miguel de Cozumel Mexico
Quintana Roo
Museo Arqueológico Antigua Guatemala Guatemala
Sacatepéquez
Museo Arqueológico (†) La Entrada Honduras
Copán
Parque Arqueológico El Puente La Jigua Honduras
Copán
Posada Belen Museo
Posada Belen Museum Inn, Casa Sanchinelli
Guatemala Guatemala
Guatemala
The Time Museum (†) Rockford United States
Illinois
Weltkulturen Museum
Museum der Weltkulturen, Städtisches Museum für Völkerkunde, Museum für Völkerkunde der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Städtisches Völkermuseum
Frankfurt Germany
Hessen
The Middle American Research Institute MARI New Orleans United States
Louisiana
Lamanai Visitor Center and Museum
Lamanai Archaeological Site
Lamanai Belize
Orange Walk
Museo Paleontológico y Arqueológico “Ing. Roberto Woolfolk Saravia”
Museo de Estanzuela
Estanzuela Guatemala
Zacapa
Museo para la Identidad Nacional
Museo para la Identidad Nacional de Honduras
MIN Tegucigalpa Honduras
Francisco Morazón
Museo Regional de Chiapas
Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia, Museo Regional de Antropología
Tuxtla Gutierrez Mexico
Chiapas
Museo Arqueológico del Soconusco Tapachula de Córdova y Ordóñez Mexico
Chiapas
Casa Na Bolom San Cristobal de las Casas Mexico
Chiapas
National Institute of Culture and History, Institute of Archaeology, Belize National Collection
Belize Department of Archaeology
NICH / IOA Belmopan Belize
Cayo
Nimli Punit Visitor Center
Nimli Punit Archaeological Site
Nim Li Punit Belize
Toledo
Musée des Jacobins Auch France
N/A
Musée Royal de Mariemont Morlanwelz Belgium
N/A
Museu de Maricel
Museu Maricel del Mar
Sitges Spain
Cataluña
Peyton Wright Gallery Santa Fe United States
NM