Tikal’s two museums are oddly in different parts of the park. The first of these is the Museo Lítico (9 a.m.–noon and 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., free admission), housing stelae and carved stones from the archaeological site with a scale model outside showing what the city probably looked like around A.D. 800.
There are some interesting photos taken by explorers Alfred Maudslay and Teobert Maler showing Tikal’s temples overgrown by a tangle of jungle vines and branches as they looked when they were first discovered.
The Museo Tikal (9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat. and Sun., $1.35), across the way next to the Jaguar Inn, has some interesting exhibits, including the burial tomb of Hasaw Chan K’awil found inside Temple I. It may have been renovated by the time you read this.