The Nationality Museum of Heroic Los Santos Villa
Address: Calle José Vallarino, Villas Los Santos
The group of culture-related places is situated across from Simón Bolívar Park, the old Main Square of the people living in Los Santos, and diagonally to St. Athanasius Church, a National Historic Monument.
The Nationality Museum, in particular, was opened on 10 November 1974 by General Omar Torrijos Herrera.
This historic building had various functions over time. It is reportedly older than St. Athanasius Church.
Its main room highlights the geographic aspect of Azuero, by means of a splendid regional map as well as a collection of polychrome ceramic pottery from a nearby archaeological site called Juan Díaz Hill. A central showcase exhibits several archaeological objects from Tonosí Valley, various sites in the regions of Partita and Macaracas showing the high cultural development achieved by pre-Hispanic cultures in these regions.
Among other objects of a high historic value there are various types of metallic stirrups brought by conquistadors.
Indian weapons are represented by the stone axe, the arrow and shuttle.
A small room proudly shows two turned wood and embossed leather chairs, a table, an old clock and an oil painting by Mr. Ernesto Nicolau, all of which date back to the colonial period.
Likewise, several paintings portray the foundation of Los Santos Villa in 1569 and various maps bring the visitor closer to the colonial cartography of the region.