This small interactive Mayan Children’s Museum is a worthwhile visit for families, though opening hours can be more of a guide than a reality. It contains musical instruments and clothing items, as well as lessons on how to count in the ancient language and play their ball game.
The non-profit museum provides insight into the advanced astronomy and math knowledge of the Mayan elite, as well as a look into how the regular people lived their lives. All 34 exhibits have explanations in English and are meant to be touched.
This building was originally a barracks, so if you climb the ladders into the turrets you’ll be rewarded with an expansive view over the town and the Río Copan Valley.
Avenida Los Jaguares, five blocks north of the main square in Copan Ruinas. Hours: 8 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., closed Sundays. Admission: free for children, $1.25 adults