Puerto Vallarta is an excellent city steeped in culture and history. It has less number of museums than other cities, but its two major museums – the Museo del Cuale (or Museo de Rio Cuale) and Manuel Lepe Museum – offers impressive collection of artifacts.
Museo del Cuale
This tiny yet perfectly formed museum is one of the more notable museums in Mexico. Despite its size, Museo del Cuale has a surprisingly rich collection of ancient artifacts and boasts of regular art exhibitions. Located alongside the River Cuale, it boasts of general information about the history of Western Mexico. The museum houses a number of important treasures found within Puerto Vallarta , traditional arts and crafts, well-preserved pre-Hispanic objects, and folklore displays.
Location: La Isla de Rio Cuale, Puerto Vallarta, 43810. Open: Tuesday to Saturday – 10 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm, Sunday – 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is free.
Manuel Lepe Museum
This museum, located within the city center, is another interesting venue dedicated to the life and work of Manuel Lepe, a well-known Mexican artist. It houses a wide range of works created by the artist himself. He was known for his dramatic oil paintings, but he also produced other unique works other than his paintings.
You will find here displays of fine jewelery, colorful ceramics, detailed papier maché creations, and miniature sculptures of particular interest. You can also buy posters of his well-known and reasonably priced oil canvases.
Location: Juarez 533 Col Centro, Puerto Vallarta, 48300. Open: Monday to Saturday – 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.