Famous Museums of Peru

This page offers you most of the famous museums of Peru, and many other ones, providing opening hours, addresses and highlights.


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Museum Address Hours Highlights
Museo del Ejercito del Perú Histórico Militar Real Felipe Plaza de la Independencia S/N Callao Phone: 429-0532   Military relics such as: a cannon brought by Pizarro, a cannon used in the war of Independence, the flag that flew during the last Spanish stand in the fortress.
Museo Naval del Perú Av. Jorge Chávez 123 La Punta-Callao Phone: 429-4793   Shows a view of the “ Marina de Guerra del Peru” history and contains a collection of paintings, model ships, uniforms,etc.
Museo de Sitio de Puruchuco Carretera Central Km 4.5 Ate-Vitarte Phone: 494-2641   Ceramics and textiles from the lower Rimac or Lima valley and a selection of indigenous plants and animals.
Museo de Historia Natural Av. Arenales 1256 - Lince. Phone: 471-0117 Mon - Fri: 9 am - 3 pm. Sat: 9 am - 1 pm. Sun: 9 am - 1 pm The National History Museum has a modest taxidermy collection that's useful for familiarizing yourself with the fauna of Peru.
Museo de Sitio de Huallamarca Nicolás Rivera 201 - San Isidro. Phone: 440-4847   Archaelogical pieces from the Pachacamac and Lima cultures and others latests styles discovered in the area.
Museo de Arte de Lima Paseo Colón 125 - Lima. Phone: 423-4732 Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm Lima's Art Museum is housed in a very handsome building. It exhibits far more than art and its collection ranges from colonial furniture to pre-columbian artifacts. Also host frequent temporary exhibitions of modern photography and other art forms.
Museo Rafael Larco Herrera Av. Bolívar 1515 - Pueblo Libre. Phone: 461-1312 Mon - Sat: 9 am - 6 pm. Sunday: 9 am - 1 pm This private museum has one of the largest collections found anywhere.It is said to include over 50,000 pots. They include a selection of gold and silver pieces, feathered textiles and an astonishing Paracas weaving that contains 398 threads to the linear inch-a world record. Many tourists are lured here simply by the famous collection of pre-columbian erotic pots illustrating with remarkable explicitness the sexual practices of ancient peruvians.
Museo Josefina Ramos de Cox del Instituto Riva Agüero de la Universidad Católica Jr. Camaná 459, Lima 1 - Perú (511) 626-6600 Lunes a Viernes de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. y de 2 a 7 p.m. The Museum has 3 collections:

1) Archaeological, like Masks and Gourd-carving ("Mate Burilado") from Rimac, Chao, Virú, Bajo Piura and Sechura. Ceramics from Ayacucho and Cuzco.

2) Historical

3) library.

Museo Nacional de Arqueológia, Antropológia e Historia del Perú Plaza Bolívar s/n - Pueblo Libre Phone: 463-5070 Tuesday - Sat: 9 am - 5 pm. Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm This museum traces the history of Peru from the earliest archaeological sites to the revolution. Although some exhibits have been moved to the new Museo de la Nacion, it is still one of the most interesting museums in the country, including scale models of the big archaeological sites as well as some of the original stelae and obelisks from Chavin. The building was once the home of revolutionary heroes San Martin and Bolivar and the museum contains late-colonial and early-republican paintings, furnishings and independence artifacts.
Museo de Sitio de Pachacamac Antigua Panamericana Sur Km 31 - Lurín. Telf: 430-0168   Pottery, wood sculptures, textiles, instruments such as “ husos , piruros” and domestic utensils.
Museo de Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo Av. Alonso de Molina 1100 - Monterrico - Surco. Phone: 345-1271 Monday - Sunday: 11.30 am - 7 pm This now-notorious private Museum was once at the top of Lima's must see list until 2001 when it was rocked by a scandal, that according to Peru's Lonely Planet, 2004 edition, that between 10% and an incredible 98% of the museum collection were fake. The museum was reopened with an assurance that all pieces now on display in its huge basement are bonafide. The Arms Museum housed in the top half of the building is reputed the largest in the World and even those with no interest in guns can't fail to be fascinated by the mammoth collection of ancient and bizarre firearms.
Museo de Etnología, Arqueológia y Antropología de la Universidad San Marcos Av. Nicolas de Piérola 1646, Pque. Universitario - Lima. Phone: 427-8155   Textiles, Pottery, lithics and funerary bundles from the Chavin, Paracas and Chancay cultures.
Museo de La Inquisición y del Congreso Jr. Junín 548 (Plaza Bolívar) - Lima. Phone: 428-7980 Daily: 9 am - 1 pm and 2:30 - 5 pm Entry is by guided tours only, most of which are conducted in spanish.

Behind a facade of Greek-style classical columns. The museum contains the original tribunal room with its beautiful carved mahogany ceiling. This was the headquarters of the Inquisicion from 1570 until 1820. Visitors can explore the basement where prisoners were tortured and there is a ghoulish waxwork exhibit of life-size unfortunates on the rack or having their feet roasted.

Museo del Convento de San Francisco Jr. Ancash Cdra 7 (Plaza de San Francisco) - Lima. Phone: 427-1381   Valuable collection of paintings by the Spanish artist, Francisco de Zuburan which depict the apostles and various saints. The Catacombs under the church and part of the monastery are well worth seeing.
Museo Amano Calle Retiro 160 - Miraflores. Phone: 441-2909 Mon - Friday: Hours by appointment This museum has a private ceramics collection following the development of pottery through Peru's various pre-columbian cultures. It specializes in the Chancay culture, of which it has a remarkable collection of textiles. The one-hour tours are free and are available for small groups only (no individuals or large groups).
Museum of Religious Art and Treasures Plaza Mayor de Lima. Located in Lima's Cathedral - Lima. Phone: 427-5980 Daily: 10 am - 4.30 pm seventeenth and eighteenth century paintings and some choir stalls with fine wooden carvings by Catalan artist Pedro Noguero. Its other attraction is a collection of human remains thought to be Pizarro's body which lie in the first chapel on the right.
Museo Antonio Raimondi Av. La Fontana s/n - La Molina. Phone: 471-2990   Archaeological, Zoological, Botanical, Paleopatological, Mineralogical and petrographical samples.
Museo de Arte Italiano Paseo de la República 250 - Lima. Phone: 423-9932 Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm Saturdays: 11 am - 3 pm Housed in a neoclassical building, in a beautiful park, that resemble a fairytale scene. The Museum has a collection of 314 original works of art by italian artists in its permanent collection. Don't miss the detailed mosaic murals on the outside walls.
Museo del Convento de los Descalzos Alameda de los Descalzos 278 - Rímac. Phone: 481-0441   Shows the life of the Franciscan friars during colonial and early republican periods. The cellar, infirmary, pharmacy and a typical cell have been restored.
Museo de Sitio de la Huaca Pucllana General Borgoño Cdra 8 s/n - Miraflores. Phone: 445-8695   Pottery, textiles and recovered funerals from the zone.
Museo de la Nación Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 - San Borja. Phone: 476-9880 LIMA 5   This museum has a marvelous collection of artifacts of the pre-Inca Civilizations, where its three floors are ordered chronologically. Its main exhibit is reconstruction of the burial site of the Lord of Sipan, whose discovery in 1987, constituted the archeological find of the 20th century in Peru.
Museo Comunitario de Villa El Salvador Av. 200 Millas s/n, Parque Huáscar - Villa El Salvador. Phone: 493-0737   Pottery, human remains and pictures of the excavations made at the place.
Museo Municipal de Chancay Av López de Zúñiga 192 - Chancay - Huaral. Phone: 77-1004   Archaeological pieces from the Chancay Culture and other regional cultures.
Museo Municipal de San Juan de Iris Municipalidad Distrital de San Juan de Iris - San Juan de Iris - Huarochiri. Phone: (034) 81-0214   Archaeological Objects from Markawasi-Iris.
Museo de la Cultura Peruana Av. Alfonso Ugarte 650 - Lima. Phone: 423-5892 Tuesday - Sat: 10 am - 4:30 pm This small museum specializes in items closely allied to popular art and handicrafts. Exhibits include ceramics, carved gourds ,traditional folk art and costumes from various periods and places. It also runs classes for Peruvian instruments and typical dances.
Museo Taurino Plaza de Acho Hualgayoc 332 - Rimac. Phone: 482-3360 Monday - Sat: 9 am - 6 pm The bullfight Museum is at the Plaza de Acho, Lima's bullring. Contains some original Goya engravings. There are also paintings and drawings of bullfighting scenes by various artists notably Picasso.
Museo Enrico Poli Lord Cochrane 400 - Miraflores. Telef: 422-2437 Tues - Fri: 4 - 6 pm. Appoitments only Contains some of the finest pre-Inca archaelogical treasures in Lima including ceramics,gold and silver. The highlight of this private collection is the treasure found at Sipan in northern Peru, in particular four golden trumpets, each over a 3 feet long and over a thousands years old.


Museo Historico Regional Casa Garcilaso Heladeros Street - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-3245 Monday - Sat: 8 am - 5 pm The house of the historian who is buried in Cusco's Cathedral. Arrowheads from the Preceramic period and continues with a few pots of the Chavin, Vicus, Mochica, Chimu, Chancay and Inca cultures. There is also a Nazca mummy, a few Inca weaving's and some small gold ornaments.
Museo de San Jerónimo Plaza de San Jerónimo - San Jerónimo - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-3245   Paintings and furniture of the Cuzqueño school of painting.
Museo de Arte Religioso del Arzobispado Calle Triunfo. Archbishop's Palace Mon - Sat: 8 am - 11:30 am and 3 pm - 5:30 pm Originally the palace of the Inca Roca, later the Archbishop's Palace with some impressive ceilings. A collection of religious painting, including some by Diego Quispe Tito, the 17th century Indian painter.
Museo del Convento de San Blas Plazoleta de San Blas - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-2781   Religious Art.
Museo Convento de la Merced Mantas 121 - Cusco. Phone: (084) 23-1821   Paintings of the cuzqueño school of painting
Museo Arqueológico de Qoricancha Block 3 of Avenida Sol - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-2071 Daily: 9:30 am - 6 pm Archaelogical displaysof pre-Inca stone and ceramics, Inca wooden and metallurgic crafts.
Museo Convento San Francisco Plazoleta de San Francisco - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-1361   Religioius Art and Linens.
Museo Inca de la Universidad del Cusco Cuesta del Almirante 103 - Cusco. Phone: (084) 23-7380 Monday - Sat: 8 am - 5 pm Exhibits of mummies, trepanned skulls, Inca textiles. It has 450 queros,Inca wooden drinking vessels and Inca textiles.
Museo de la Catedral del Cusco Plaza de Armas s/n - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-2781   Religious Art.
Museo de Arte del Convento de Santa Catalina Santa Catalina 190 - Cusco. Phone: (084) 22-6032 Mon - Thurs and Sat: 9 am - 5:30 pm. Fri: 9 am - 3 pm Paintings from the Cuzquena School, as well as a renaissance altarpiece and several seventeenth century tapestries.
Museo de Arte Precolombino Plaza de las Nazarenas - Cusco. Phone: (084) 23-3210   Showcases 450 archaeological pieces.
Museo Centro Andino de Tecnología Tradicional y Cultura de las Comunidades de Ollantaytambo "CATCCO" El Parador Casa del Horno. Calle Vetidero - Ollantaytambo - Urubamba. Phone: (084) 22-3627    


Museo Arqueológico de la Universidad Nacional San Agustín de Arequipa Av. Independencia s/n Ciudad Universitaria - Arequipa. Phone: (054) 22-9719   Archaeological collection
Museo "Santuarios Andinos" Santa Catalina 210 - Arequipa. Phone: (054) 20-0345 Mon - Sat: 9 am - 6 pm. Sun: 9 am - 3 pm Juanita, the "ice-princess", the frozen body of an Inca maiden sacrificed on the Summit of Ampato over 500 years ago.
Museo Histórico Municipal Guillermo Zegarra Meneses Plaza San Francisco 417 - Arequipa. Phone: (054) 21-1021   Navy museum from the participation of the navy in the region of Titicaca, Historical objects of the Arequipa's Revolution and "2 de Mayo" Combat.
Museo del Monasterio de Santa Catalina Santa Catalina 301 (Convento de Santa Catalina) - Arequipa. Phone: (054) 22-9798   Archaeological Collection, sculptures, Paintings and Colonial Gold Work.
Museo de la Recoleta La Recoleta 117 Yanahuara - Arequipa. Phone: (054) 22-3058   Pre-columbian Ceramics and Craftsmanship. Colonial Paintings and Religious Art. Amazon Craftsmanship, hunting and fishing Instruments.


Huaca Rajada or Sipán Site Museum Tucume neat Chiclayo 9 am - 6 pm  
Royal Tumbes of Sipán Museum Juan Pablo Vizcardo Y Guzman 895, Lambayeque 9 am - 5 pm Collection of the Huaca Rajada graves content.
Brüning Regional Archaeologica Museum Huamachuco, Lambayeque 9 am - 5 pm Collection of German archaeologist and ethnographer Hans Heinrich Brüning Brookstedt.


Chan Chan Site Museum Huanchaco, 9 am - 5 pm Collection of the Chan Chan archaeological site.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Entrance Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Pottery Rafael Larco Herrera

Entrance Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.

Pottery Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.



Golden collar Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: dolls from the coast.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Golden neck plate.

Dolls Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.

 Golden colllar Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.



 Golden mask Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.

Ancient clothes  Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima..



Golden masks Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.

Wooden statue Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum, Lima.



Gold Museum, Lima.

Golden figure Gold Museum, Lima.



Golden warrior, Gold Museum, Lima.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Court yard Inca Museum, Cusco.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Pottery Inca Museum, Cusco.

Court yard Inca Museum, Cusco.

Pottery Inca Museum, Cusco.



Entrance Inca Museum, Cusco

Inca Museum in colonial street.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Weaving art Inca Museum, Cusco.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Site Museum Chan Chan.

Weaving art Inca Museum, Cusco.

Site Museum Chan Chan.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Site Museum Huacas del Moche, Trujillo.

Site Museum Huacas del Moche, Trujillo.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Royal Tumbes of Chipan Museum.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Museo Tumbes Reales de Sipan.

The conspicuous Royal Tumbes of Sipán Museum, Chiclayo.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Lord of Sipán display.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Collar at museumFAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Ornamental at museum.FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: golden broche.

Scene and ornamentals of the Lord of Sipán grave, Chiclayo.


TOP 10 CHICLAYO PERU ATTRACTIONS: Brüning Museum, Lambayeque, Peru.TOP 10 CHICLAYO PERU ATTRACTIONS: Brüning Museum Interior, Lambayeque, Peru.

Main entrance of the Brüning Museum, Trujillo.

Interior of the Brüning Museum, Trujillo.


FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU:  Santa Catalina Convent kitchen, Arequipa. FAMOUS MUSEUMS OF PERU: Santa Catalina Convent gallery, Arequipa.

Kitchen Santa Catalina Convent museum, Arequipa.

Court yard gallary Santa Catalina Convent museum, Arequipa.


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