Museums in Lima

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The following museums offer an opportunity to examine closer the Peru of the Incas, and the country's art and history.

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Museo Larco

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Museo Larco
Museo Larco
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Founded in 1926 by Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, the Larco Museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is located in an 18 th century vice-royal mansion built over a 7 th century pre-Columbian pyramid and surrounded by a stunning garden. The Museum features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous Erotic gallery, one of Peru 's most visited attractions. Larco is one of the few museums in the world where visitors have the unique more..

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address:Av. Bolivar No. 1515, Pueblo Libre
url:www.museolarco.org
tel:+(51 1) 461-1312 / 461-1835
openingHours:Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00 (including holidays)
email:webmaster@museolarco.org

Museo de Oro del Perú

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Distributed in four big rooms, it is the exhibition of one of the biggest collections of pieces and jewels of gold, silver, semi precious stones, ceramic and textile of the cultures Mochica, Chimú and Vicus. Beautiful necklaces, tumis, scepters, idols, funeral masks, etc. This collection is the sample of the extraordinary advance and technical goldsmith and metallurgic of the old Peru.

Part of these collections are taken to other museums around the world, due to this, their internal disposition can change.

Also counts with the "Museo de Armas Antiguas" (Museum of more..

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address:Alonso de Molina Street No. 1100, Monterrico.
tel:+(51 1) 435-2917
openingHours:daily from 11:30 to 19:00

"Museo de la Nación"

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Museum of the Nation

A visit to the museum makes a good introduction to a trip in Peru. It rounds up the all the different cultures accross Peru in a very thorough though interesting manner. 

Inaugurated in 1990, exhibition in big rooms distributed in four levels, with a sample that recreates all the pre-Hispanic manifestations among 14,000 BC. and 1532 AD. Ceramic exhibition, replicas of the main archeological places of Peru. Dioramas, paintings and diverse collections that represent the different aspects of the development of the old Peru. Restoration shops, more..

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address:Javier Prado Este Avenue No. 2465, San Borja.
tel:+(51 1) 476-9875 / 476-9882

"Museo de Arte e Historia"

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Museum of Art and History

Colonial paintings, books, documents, furniture and popular art of Peru.

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Museo de los Descalzos

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"At the end of the attractive Alameda de los Descalzos, forgotten, is this 16th-century convent and museum, run by the Descalzos (‘the Barefooted,’ a reference to Franciscan friars). Visitors can see old winemaking equipment in the kitchen, a refectory, an infirmary and the monastic cells. There are also some 300 colonial paintings, including noteworthy canvases by renowned Cuzco School artist Diego Quispe Tito." (Taken from the Lonely Planet website) Visitors are taken in a guided tour for about 45 minutes long (Spanish and English are spoken). In case you find the door more..

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accessibility:limited
tel:+511 4810441
openingHours:Monday-Sunday 9:30 AM -1 PM , 2 PM - 5:30 PM
url:www.facebook.com
address:Manco Cápac 202 -A, Alameda de los Descalzos, Rímac, Lima
email:museodescalzos@gmail.com

Museo de Arte

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Museum of Art

Located on the Palacio de la Exposición (Palace of the Exhibition) since 1961. It was built in 1872 with plans of Gustave Eiffel. Formed by donated pieces and legacies. It exhibits collections that show the art of Peru from the prehistory and the first human discoveries until the contemporary art. Ceramic and fabric pre-Hispanic cultures collections. Silver jewels, furniture and colonial dresses. Paintings of the "Escuela Cusqueña" and of the periods republican and contemporary, outstanding the collections of Ignacio Merino, Pancho Fierro and Carlos Baca Flor. more..

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address:Paseo Colon Street No. 125, Lima.
url:www.tsi.com.pe
tel:+(51 1) 423 4732

"Museo de Arqueología y Etnología"

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Museum of Archeology and Ethnology

Collection of archeological pieces of the Chavín culture and discoveries of the University.

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"Museo de Historia Natural Javier Prado"

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Museum of Natural History Javier Prado

Dependence of the Universidad Nacional de San Marcos. Founded in 1918, exhibition of the flora, fauna and minerals of Peru. Collection of the Italian Antonio Raimondi.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 13:00

Entrance: S /. 2.50

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address:Arenales Avenue N°1256, Lince.
tel:+(51 1) 471-0117

"Museo Amano"

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Private collection of Mr. Yoshirato Amano.

The museum was founded in 1964, exhibition of pre-Hispanic textiles, quipus and ceramics. Outstands the collection of the Chancay culture.

Opening Hours: Previous phone appointment.

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address:Retiro Street No. 160, Miraflores.
tel:+(51 1) 441 2909

"Museo Nacional de la Cultura Peruana"

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National Museum of the Peruvian Culture

Founded in 1946, building with front inspired by the Tiahuanaco culture. Exhibition of popular Peruvian arts, amazon and folkloric ethnology; fabrics, ceramic, musical instruments, saddlery, imagery, etc.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:30

Entrance: Free

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address:Alfonso Ugarte Avenue No. 650, Lima.
tel:+(51 1) 423 5892

"Museo de Arte Italiano"

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Museum of Italian Art

Founded in 1921, building with the Florentine renascence architecture. Designed by the Milan Architect Gaetano Moretti. Donated by the Italian colony in Peru when being commemorated the centennial of the Independence of Peru. Sculptures, drawings, furniture and canvases of Italian art. Also diverse temporary exhibitions.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 14:30

Entrance: S/. 1

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address:Paseo de la Republica 1st block, Lima.
tel:+(51 1) 423 9932

"Museo del Congreso y Antiguo Tribunal de la Inquisición"

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Museum of the Congress and Old Tribunal of Inquisition

Located on the old colonial local of the Tribunal of the Saint Inquisition that originally was Nicolás de Ribera´s house (XVII century), son of one of the conquerors of Peru.

The building consists on a Chapel named "Capilla del Santo Oficio", jewel of the colonial architecture, decorated roof that is considered one of the most valuable colonial relics in the Peruvian art, carved, secret cameras, torture rooms, and underground prisons. After having abolished the Inquisition it was the local of the University San more..

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address:Junin Street No. 548, Bolívar Plaza, Lima.
url:www.congreso.gob.pe
tel:+(51 1) 427 0365

"Museo del Banco Central de Reserva"

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Museum of the Central Bank of Reservation

This museum is divided in three sections, archeology, numismatist and contemporary Peruvian painting. Excellent ceramic collection of the pre-Inca Vicus culture. The contemporary painters are very well represented in this museum.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:30, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00

Entrance: Free

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address:Corner of Lampa and Ucayali Streets, Lima.
tel:+(51 1) 427 6250

"Museo de Arte Religioso de la Catedral"

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Museum of Religious Art of the Cathedral

Exhibition of liturgical objects, ornaments, carved articles, paintings, and furniture of the viceroyalty time.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:45 and from 14:00 to 16:45

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address:Main Plaza, Lima.
tel:+(51 1) 427 5980

"Museo de San Francisco de Jesus"

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Museum of San Francisco of Jesus

Exhibition of liturgical articles of the viceroyalty, carved articles and paintings of Francisco of Zurbarán.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 to 17:45

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address:Ancash Street 3rd block, Lima.

"Museo de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos"

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Museum of the National University Mayor of San Marcos

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00

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address:Parque Universitario, Lima.
tel:+(51 1) 428-0052 / 427-4870

Sala de Arte de Petroperu

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Pertroperu is the state oil company of Peru.  It has announced an exhibit of contemporary religious art from Ayacucho, Peru.  The exhibit will run from December 19, 2006, through January 12, 2007, at the Sala de Arte de Petroperu (Petroperu's Room of Art).  Most of the art in this exhibit will be based on the celebration of Christmas and will feature artists Primitivo Evanan, Florentino Jimenez, Nicario Jimenez, Desiderio Loayza, Christian Sanchez, Mamerto Sanchez, and Rosalina Tineo.   Some artists will also be there to demonstrate techniques used in more..

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address:Petroperu, Canaval Moreyara #150, San Isidro, Lima, Peru

MATE Asociación Mario Testino

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With the largest collection of Mario Testino’s photographs, the Asociación Mario Testino (MATE) is the only cultural institution in the world dedicated to the permanent exhibition of the work of this prominent Peruvian artist. A non-profit organization of international outreach as well as a new referent of Lima’s artistic landscape, MATE shares its vast collection through exhibitions, programs and publications. MATE’s building is located on Pedro de Osma Avenue a few blocks away from “La Plaza Principal de Barranco” and “El Puente de los Suspiros” in the district more..

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accessibility:MATE offers wheelchair access to the galleries, shop and café. Our welcome personnel at the reception will assist you in this regard.
tel:511 251 7755
openingHours:Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
url:www.mate.pe
address:Avenida Pedro de Osma 409 Barranco
email:info@mate.pe

MATE Asociación Mario Testino

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With the largest collection of Mario Testino’s photographs, the Asociación Mario Testino (MATE) is the only cultural institution in the world dedicated to the permanent exhibition of the work of this prominent Peruvian artist. A non-profit organization of international outreach as well as a new referent of Lima’s artistic landscape, MATE shares its vast collection through exhibitions, programs and publications. MATE’s building is located on Pedro de Osma Avenue a few blocks away from “La Plaza Principal de Barranco” and “El Puente de los Suspiros” in the district more..

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accessibility:MATE offers wheelchair access to the galleries, shop and café. Our welcome personnel at the reception will assist you in this regard.
tel:511 251 7755
openingHours:Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
url:www.mate.pe
address:Avenida Pedro de Osma 409 Barranco
email:info@mate.pe

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