William Spratling Archaeological Museum

  • CATEGORY: Museums
  • PHONES: (762) 622 1660.


The museum was named after William Spratling, who revitalized Taxco with the creation of the silversmith industry and the tin works.

Spratling lived in this city since 1929, where he began his work with a silversmith group of Iguala, with whim in 1931 he formed his first workshop. In 1953 he was distinguished as an “honorary citizen”. He was a cartoonist, aviator, writer, horticulturist and even one of the streets of Taxco was named after him. Spratling was dedicated to collect pre-Hispanic pieces, he was introduced to this activity by Diego Rivera and it became one of his passions. Finally he gathered a great collection of reproductions and archaeological and historical original items.

In 1960 he donated part of his collection to UNAM and published the book More Human than Divine. Three years after the National Museum of Anthropology was opened, he gave up to it the Mezcala style objects.

He died in 1967 and according to his testament the rest of his heritage, integrated by 2 thousand objects became part of Taxco. In this way, in July 1975 was created the museum named after him.


Porfirio A. Delgado 1, Col. Taxco de Alarcón Centro, C.P. 40200, Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero


From Tuesday to Saturday, 09:00 - 17:00 hrs.
domingo, 09:00 - 15:00 hrs.


Guide visits | Lavatories | Expositions


Arq. Wendy Verónica Morales Quaas
Tel. (762) 622 1660.