Best Museums in Lima
There are loads of museums in Lima covering all aspects of Peruvian history and culture. For those who only have a short time visiting the capital we have listed just 3 of the most interesting museums below for you:
Museo Larco (Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera)
Avenida Bolivar 1515, Pueblo Libre,Lima (15 minute taxi ride from Miraflores). Open daily 09:00-22:00 Entrance fee 30 Soles (about US$10) This museum has the largest private collection of pre-Columbian ceramics in the world. It was founded in 1926 and is housed in an 18th century colonial mansion which itself was built upon a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum mainly concentrates on items from the Moche Dynasty (A.D 200-700) who lived along the northern coast in an area near to present day Trujillo. The museum is divided into 3 sections: the main museum, the warehouse museum (kind of an overflow) and most intriguingly, the erotic art museum or "Sala Erotica". The Moche depicted sexual acts in realist, explicit and often humorous terms. Well worth a look!! The main museum houses a Gold and Silver of Ancient Peru exhibition, a magnificent textile collection as well and many thousands of examples of pottery. Examples of the current exhibits and information about the museum can be found on their website http://www.museolarco.org/en/ Photography is permitted throughout the museum without flash.
Museo Nacional de Arqueologia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru (National Archaeology and Anthropology Museum)
Plaza Bolivar, Pueblo Libre. Open Tues-Sat 08:45-16:00, Sun 08:45-15:30. Entrance fee 10 Soles (about US$3). Houses one of the largest collections of artefacts from pre-Hispanic cultures in Peru, although it has lost some of its best pieces to the Museo de la Nacion recently. This museum was once a stately colonial mansion that was the home of the leaders of the struggle for independence, Jose de San Martin and Simon Bolivar. Exhibits include the Tello Obelisk and Estela de Raymondi from the site of Chavin de Huantar. Examples of the current exhibits and information about the museum can be found on their website http://mnaahp.cultura.pe
Museo de la Nacion
Avenida Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja. Open Tues-Fri 09:00 - 18:00. Sat-Sun 10:00 - 18:00. Entrance fee 9 Soles (about US$3) From the outside this museum looks like a large, ugly concrete monstrosity situated next to a busy main road. However, on the inside, Lima's National Museum is well laid out and very informative and is well worth a visit. If you only have time to visit just one museum in Lima then this should be your first choice even if it is located a little bit outside the city centre (take a taxi there, it's much safer than taking a bus). The numerous exhibits guide visitors through the highlights of the Pre-Conquest cultures (before the Spanish arrived). The exhibits are housed in vast salons spread over 3 floors and are ordered chronologically which is very helpful for getting to grips with the many cultures dispersed across Peru. A visit to the museum is recommended before you go to see the archaeological sites themselves. Displays are well labelled in both Spanish and English and include scale models of many of the Inca sights around Cusco as well as from the north of Peru such as the tomb of the Senor de Sipan, artefacts from Batan Grande (near Chiclayo), reconstructions of the friezes found at Huaca La Luna and Huaca El Brujo (near Trujillo) and other important sites. There is also a comprehensive range of traditional costumes from around the country and miniature models depicting life in pre-Conquest times as well as a good collection of ceramics and mummies.
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