National Palace of Culture



National Palace of Culture

The interior of the National Palace of Culture was a contribution of a team of engineers and architects, and some of the greatest exponents of the visual arts that Guatemala has to offer.

It is one of the great achievements of Guatemalan architecture.

It’s an example of some of the best work of Guatemalan artists from the forties. Visitors can admire murals by Alfredo Galvez Suarez, stained glass windows by Julio Vasquez Urruela and colleagues; Guillermo Grajeda Mena; Dagoberto Vásquez; Roberto González Goyri; as well as decorations from Rodolfo Galeotti Torres and Carlos Rigalt.

Its eclectic style is a mix of Guatemalan colonial architecture with French and neoclassical influences. It covers an area of 8,890 square meters and is made of reinforced concrete and brick, covered with green artificial stones.

Its construction, ordered in 1939 by President Jorge Ubico to the engineer Rafael Perez de Leon, was completed in 1943. Currently it houses the main government offices and specific venues for receptions.

Address: 6a. Street between 6a. y 7a. Avenue, zone 1.

Hours of operation: Monday through Sunday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00 hrs.