don't have a huge selection of museums
in Puerto Vallarta,
the ones we do have are pretty darn
MUSEUM: In 1963, Richard Burton
and Ava Gardner came to Puerto Vallarta
to film ¨”The Night of the
Iguana” nearby. Until that point,
Puerto Vallarta was a small town of
just a few thousand or so inhabitants,
with tourism just barely beginning to
make an impact. But when Elizabeth Taylor
(who was still married to Eddie Fisher
at the time) showed up to carry on a
very public affair with Burton, the
town was swarmed with paparazzi who
detailed the goings-on for the world
press, and Puerto Vallarta was put firmly
on the map.
Burton rented, then
later bought a house on the hill above
the church. Taylor’s digs were
across the street, and soon they built
a bridge across the street to make meeting
each other easier. Taylor sold the houses,
furnishings and all, in 1990 and has
It’s now a bed-and-breakfast
(“Casa Kimberly”), and also
a fascinating museum full of memorabilia
and stories of Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor and the period that marked the
launch of Puerto Vallarta as a world-renowned
vacation destination. You’ll hear
about the dish-smashing arguments; see
Burton’s “escape route”
for nights of drinking and revelry in
town; and learn why the local nuns picketed
the house (and why they stopped).
OPEN 9:00 AM TO
5:30 MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, 80 PESOS.
LOCATED AT THE TOP OF THE HILL ON ZARAGOZA
STREET, ABOVE AND BEHIND THE CHURCH
MUSEUM: This museum offers
visitors an interesting panorama of
the diverse groups of people who lived
in West Mexico prior to the arrival
of the Spaniards. From the study of
Mexico archeologists have defined different
regions with shared cultural characteristics.
One of those, West Mexico (which includes
Puerto Vallarta), is distinguished by
the skill of their potters; by communications
along the Pacific Coast that made trade
and cultural exchange possible; but
also by its rich funerary tradition
(which is without a doubt its most widespread
characteristic) known as ‘shaft
tombs’ named for the shape of
the spaces where they buried their dead.
However a variety of groups inhabited
different geographic spaces of West
Mexico throughout time, and their specific
traits distinguish them from one another.
The cultures of this
area also exemplified cultural diversity.
The cultural heritage exhibited in this
museum bears witness to these ancient
inhabitants, and studying them makes
it possible to reconstruct part of their
history and culture.
OPEN 10:00 AM TO
3:00 PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, FREE
ENTRANCE. LOCATED AT THE WEST END OF
THE ISLAND IN THE CUALE RIVER, ACROSS
FROM OSCAR'S RESTAURANT.