Mermaid on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon

Siren on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon

Casa Museo Puerto Vallarta

Casa Museo Puerto Vallarta

(A museum still under development)

Casa Museo de Puerto Vallarta will be an open book in which locals and visitors can read about the past of our community during its various stages; as well as appreciating the local art, culture, society and knowledge of the environment, among other subjects.

We consider that our history, culture and idiosyncrasy are important features that distinguish us from other tourist destinations; they give us an added dimension, that it is important to make them known and given the proper value.

Casa Museo Puerto Vallarta exhibit

Specific Areas

The Museum will be divided into specific areas. Like the history of Puerto Vallarta and its 150 years since its founding.

  • Aztatlán and the vestiges of Ixtapa Jalisco.
  • The founders and their families.
  • Your Mayors and a brief history of what was achieved in your administration.
  • Luis Vallarta Ogazon Award and its Awardees.
  • “The Night of the Iguana”, Filming and its Protagonists.
  • Richard Burton and Liz Taylor Romance, Kimberley House.
  • Families that have changed Vallarta.
  • Collections of 100 cameras.
  • Collection of 5,000 postage stamps from Mexico United States of America and Art.
  • Collection of Mexican Coins.
  • Art Gallery where a work by each Vallarta artist or who has lived here for years will be exhibited.
  • Conferences and cultural talks area.
  • Graphic Library, there are 1,200 National Geographic. From 1922 to date and 100 photography books.
  • Souvenir area and cafeteria.

Address: Abasolo 239, Centro, Puerto Vallarta


Cuale Museum (Archaeological Museum)

Cuale Museum, Cuale River Island, downtown Puerto Vallarta

Cuale Museum (Archaeological Museum)

A small museum founded by the INAH (National Institute of Anthropology and History) on the Cuale River Island, between downtown Puerto Vallarta and the Zona Romantica. It opened in September 1978 and was renovated in 2004 to reopen its doors in 2005.

The name of the museum is due to the river surrounding the island, which in turn derives its name from a town (El Cuale) with a mining past about 2-3 hours from Puerto Vallarta upstream.

The permanent exhibition offers a collection of artifacts from Mexico’s western region donated by museums from the city of Guadalajara and the state of Colima and Michoacan. You’ll obtain information on the traditions and customs of groups that inhabited the region in Precolumbian times between the years 5000 and 2000 BC. The exhibition includes ceramics and art, including hunting and gathering tools and even a tomb recovered from excavations at Sayula-Zacoalco in Jalisco, Mantanchen Bay and Ixtapa in Nayarit and Guerrero, Michoacan, some topics in the exhibition are:

  • From nomadic to sedentarism.
  • Chupicuaro design symmetry.
  • Shaft tombs; underground offerings.
  • Aztatlán; ceramic symbols.
  • The Purepecha, an empire in the West.
  • The Spanish Conquest, changes, and survival.

There are also temporary exhibitions of national and local artists.

Address: Isla de los Niños, Local 1-A, Col. Centro, CP 48300, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Phones.: (33) 3614-5416, 3613-8224
Schedule: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 – 19:00, free.

Puerto Vallarta Naval Historical Museum (CLOSED)

Puerto Vallarta Historical Naval Museum

Puerto Vallarta Naval Historical Museum


The museum opened on November 18, 2006, in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, just a few steps from the main square and next to Los Arcos, the Amphitheatre, and the Friendship Fountain. This colonial-style building was formerly the Harbor Master Office in 1974, then a Naval Hospital, then it was the local Naval Command Office and in 2001 was chosen to become a museum.

This is the fourth naval museum in Mexico, two are located in Mexico City, one in Veracruz, and this one was originally planned for Acapulco, but due to lack of adequate space, Vallarta was chosen instead.

The theme of the museum, as you could expect, focuses on the sea, the harbor and the history of Mexico. It starts off with the conquest and ends in modern times. There are 5 permanent exhibit areas with paintings, documents, maps, scale models, photographs, navigational instruments, uniforms and much more. There are also several guns, cannons, and muskets. Detailed descriptions of expeditions around the world and within America (the continent), trade with the Philippines, the Nao of China, galleons and more. Part of the exhibit covers the beginnings of what would later be called Las Peñas (now Los Arcos de Mismaloya) and later would become Puerto Vallarta.

There’s also an area coordinated with the local Department of Art and Local Culture that is used for temporary exhibitions. Renowned local, national and international artists hold events and exhibits in the museum.

Entrance and guided tour services within the museum are free, the only requirement is that you sign the guestbook at the end of the visit and leave a short review of the Naval Museum.

On the second floor, there is a coffee shop with delicious dishes you can enjoy before or after your visit to the museum, it also offers an excellent view of the bay and the Malecon.

Address: Zaragoza 4, Col. Centro, CP 48300, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Phones: (322) 223-5357
Schedule: Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 – 19:30
Sat. Sun.: 10:00 – 14:00 & 15:00 – 19:00
Museum catalogue

Viva Tequila

A new Tequila Museum & Experience.

Address: Calle Uruguay 184, CP 48350, Col. 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta

Boutique Theatre

Boutique Theatre

Boutique Theatre

Non-profit community theatre “celebrates the performing arts, enriching lives of actors and audiences through the magical world of theatre.” A magical 80 seat theatre in the Romantic Zone of Old Puerto Vallarta stages plays by community actors and musicians. Open year-round, there is always something happening at the premier hot spot for intimate theatre in PV.

Address: Calle Naranjo 330, esquina Basilio Badillo, Zona Romántica, Puerto Vallarta

Art Walk

Art Walk in Puerto Vallarta

Art Walk

Puerto Vallarta is already well known as an artistic city, with many galleries, exhibitions and events.

A very important contribution to this side of the town’s cultural activity is the Art Walk. The art galleries, that include Galería de Ollas, PVSantana, The Loft Galería, Galería Uno, Galería Pacífico, Córsica and Colectika among others, offer remarkable paintings, sculptures, ceramics, blown glass and other artworks.

They offer refreshments and open long hours on Wednesday nights.

This self-guided tour runs only during high season, so visit the official site to review the current year’s schedule and participants.

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Saucedo Theater Building

Saucedo Theatre, downtown Puerto Vallarta

Saucedo Theater Building

The theatre was built in 1922 in Belle Epoque style by the Italian Engineer Ángel Corsi.

Plays and movies were shown on the first floor and the second floor offered what was locally called a “Casino” which was not a poker blackjack setting, rather a place where the local youth would gather to talk and have a nice time together, that area also had a game of billiards. It was also a place used for balls and dances, those that were especially important were attended by guests that came all the way from Guadalajara, Mascota, and Talpa. The name of the theatre is in honour of the original owner, don Juan Saucedo, a local businessman.

Address: Av. Juárez and Iturbide, Col. Centro, Puerto Vallarta

Museum of History, Art and Culture of Yelapa

Museum of History, Art and Culture of Yelapa

General view of Yelapa’s Museum of History, Art and Culture

The inhabitants of Yelapa, this cute coastal town south of Puerto Vallarta, created a space to rescue and maintain the local memories. It is the first museum in Cabo Corrientes, the Museum of History, Art and Culture of Yelapa, inaugurated on March 8, 2019.

The goal is to share the knowledge of the history, art, and culture of Yelapa and its surrounding areas to those who visit this paradisiacal site in the Bay of Banderas.

They can admire pieces of pre-Hispanic stone and clay and ancient Mexico, these were left by communities that settled in the area. Some of these were found in excavations when building residential homes on the coast of Jalisco, Nayarit, and even Colima.

Other objects on display are some dating from the Porfiriato era, photographs, garments, and tools for working the land, as well as pieces and utensils from contemporary daily life.

There is also a permanent photo exhibition of Yelapa through time, showing how Yelapa has changed through the years, donated by photographer Lisa Law.

The museum also has an audiovisual room, an area for workshops, and temporary exhibitions.

The museum project was promoted by the photographer Lisa Law, Tatiana Rodríguez Anderson, and Fernando García, who were in contact with the municipal government of Cabo Corrientes.

Yelapa’s Museum of History, Art and Culture location map

Other ideas

Options that are no longer available

  • Museo Manuel Lepe (Av. Juárez 533) no longer exists.
  • Casa Kimberley – Burton Taylor Museum (Av. Zaragoza 445) closed, remodelled and is now a Boutique Hotel.
  • The Night of the Iguana Set (Mismaloya Beach), closed, with no public access.