Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum, Antigua

4.2
#3 of 22 in Shopping in Antigua
Trace the 3,000 year history of jade in Mesoamerica at Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum. Learn about the two types of jade--Jadeite and Nephrite--and witness the onsite mining, cutting, and polishing of this precious stone. Founded in 1974 by archaeologist Mary Lou Rindinger and her husband, the factory now stands out as the largest jade operation in Central and South America. Having learned a little of the history of jade, browse the opulent showroom of finished pieces, from pre-Colombian, museum-quality replicas to exquisite handmade jewelry. See Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum and all Antigua has to offer by arranging your trip with our Antigua trip planner .
Create an itinerary including Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum
map
Places to stay near Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum
Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
191 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Loved the atmosphere, very comfortable, I loved ve listening to Marylou speaking of her experience in the mountains of Guatemala and her rediscovery of Jade. What a story!  more »
  • We were rather hijacked to visit this jade museum, but it was owned and run by an American woman. In fact there was very little ‘museum’ about the place, a few local workers and then a large area devo...  more »
  • Received a brief presentation, cup of tea or coffee then preceded into the factory. Several craftsman were grinding, sanding and polishing various jade pieces. At the end we had the opportunity to see...  more »
Google
  • This is Well worth a visit. It is historic, informative, exquisite and authentic. THE founder is often on hand and her passion is contagious! TAKE A TOUR with one of the many knowledgeable staff and be transported into ancient Mayan Culture.
  • I end up spending a LOT of money, careful tour guy wants to sell you everything
  • Jade guaranteed to be genuine and the little tour explaining jade and its significance to the Mayans was pretty neat.
  • Very cool place. Great story of American archeology couple that founded the place in the 70's and discovered the countries Jade past. Even the Chinese go there for the Jade.
  • Great place to learn and fall in love with jade

Plan your trip to Antigua

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Jade Maya - The Original Jade factory and Museum by other users

16 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 50 days in Central America BY A USER FROM IRELAND June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM URUGUAY April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Guatemala, Copan Ruinas & Roatan BY A USER FROM URUGUAY April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Antigua BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM INDIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 50 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 13 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Guatemala City BY A USER FROM INDIA April, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans