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:, last accessed on: 29.7.2014.