If you are one of those travelers looking to get much closer to the ancient culture of Peruvians, we recommend you visit the many museums in Lima. Within Lima, you will find various museums, some considered the best in all of Peru. You will be able to know archaeological, historical, anthropological, and artistic areas of the Andean culture, in ancient and current times. Most of Lima has the best museums that preserve the richest and most diverse collections of the Peruvian past. For this reason, together with Cusco Peru Travel, we have proposed a shortlist of the best museums that you can find in the “City of Kings”.
GREATEST 6 MUSEUMS IN LIMA
- LARCO MUSEUM
- NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY
- GOLD MUSEUM OF PERU
- MUSEUM OF THE NATION
- PISCO MUSEUM
- LIMA ART MUSEUM
The Larco museum is one of the best museums in Lima, located in an old mansion of the viceroyalty of the eighteenth century. Built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the 7th century, it is surrounded by beautiful and magical gardens. You will be able to appreciate pre-Columbian art and artifacts as well as a great chronological vision of thousands of years of pre-Columbian Peruvian history. The museum is well known for its giant collection of erotic ceramics and pre-Columbian jewelry. It also has a gift shop where you can buy a high-quality souvenir or reproductions of the different art on display. It is one of the places to visit in Peru that is worth it and one of the museums that you cannot miss on your tour of the capital.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY
Another of the museums in Lima that are unmissable and necessary to visit for a greater perspective of the wide culture that surrounds Peru. It was founded by Julio C. Tello in 1938 and contains one of the largest historical collections within the Andean country. It is composed of more than 100,000 pieces, from all the cultures that inhabited Peru, with ceramic pieces, metal pieces, fabrics, funeral clothes, carved sculptures, and much more. All of these belonging to the cultures of Nazca, Chavín, Paracas, Mochica, Tiahuanaco, Pucará, Chimú, Chachapoyas, and the Incas. You will also find different galleries and rooms where colonial and republican pieces, figures from Peruvian history, and other illustrious people are exhibited. If you are looking for what to see in Lima Peru, this place is a must on every traveler’s list.
GOLD MUSEUM OF PERU
Within the museums in Lima, the Gold Museum of Peru is one of the best options that cannot be missed on your tour. You will find in the museum the private collection of gold, silver, textiles, and numerous other precious metals that belonged to Miguel Mujica Gallo. All the exhibited pieces correspond to pre-Columbian cultures such as Lambayeque, Mochica, Chimú, Nazca, Frías, Huari, Vicus, and the Inca Culture itself. You will also find a large bookstore and an exhibition of military objects related to important people in world history. Anyone who is looking to enjoy tourism in Lima has to visit this beautiful place and get an idea of what the Spanish yearned for when they arrived.
MUSEUM OF THE NATION
Among the museums in Lima, Museo de la Nación is one of its most classic examples. It has large exhibitions in large rooms where most of the pre-Hispanic manifestations between 14,000 BC and 1500 AD are recreated. You will be able to appreciate a beautiful and luxurious ceramic exhibition as well as detailed replicas of the main sites and archaeological complexes; among these replicas, you can admire the replica of the tomb of the Lord of Sipan. As if that were not enough, you will also find various collections that represent the different aspects of the development of the ancient Andean country. Today, there are numerous important cultural events and temporary exhibitions to enjoy. If you are looking for things to do in Lima, touring this wonderful museum will give you an entertaining time.
This is one of the museums in Lima that might not be considered as such. There is nothing you can expect from a museum in this place, you will not find showcases with pieces of great antiquity and other valuables. The only thing that indicates that is a museum is its name and the city does not recognize it as such. However, it is an amazing and fun place to learn a little about the history of Pisco, one of the iconic drinks in Peru. Inside the Pisco Museum, you can experience bartender classes where you can learn to make the traditional drinks of the country and also learn the great history behind these typical cocktails. If you are looking to make a stop where you can relax and learn something valuable, this is your place.
LIMA ART MUSEUM
MALI is one of the best museums in Lima to visit. Inside it, you will be able to appreciate Peruvian art that goes from prehistory and the first human discoveries to contemporary art itself. You can find the largest collection of photographs, paintings, ceramics, decorations, and other artifacts within Peru. It has multiple areas and sectors for visitors to experience, so it is advisable to spend a few hours to appreciate the entire museum. Within some luxury Peru tours, you will have the possibility to visit this and more high-quality museums.
“A VISIT TO A MUSEUM IS A SEARCH FOR BEAUTY, TRUTH, AND MEANING IN OUR LIVES. GO TO MUSEUMS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN ”
We hope together with Cusco Peru Travel to have shown you a bit of the best museums in Lima, although these are not all that you can find within the big city. There are other museums available that are also worth visiting, we try to show you here those that you cannot miss. In the same way, if you want to visit some of these places, you can consult with our advisors to organize a quick guided tour of the place.
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