Gold and Arms Museum in Lima

Gold from Peru and weapons from around the world

  • Gold and weapons at the Gold Museum of Peru

    Gold and Arms Museum in Lima

Gold and weapons: both have dominated our world for millennia. Whether to hunt or fight, as jewelry or as a means of payment. In the Gold Museum of Peru and Weapons of the World, the findings and information about these powerful companions of humanity are collected.

The museum is located in the district of Santiago de Surco and was created from the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo. Born in 1910, the collector decided in the 1960s to open a museum with his collection. It was limited, as can be seen in the museum, not only in Peru. Although the samples of gold come from different pre-Columbian cultures of Peru, the weapons that are shown are found all over the world.

Peruvian gold

Gold processing has a long tradition in South America. Even pre-Inca cultures created jewelry and religious and symbolic objects of precious metal.

Therefore, the collection focuses mainly on pre-Inca gold crafts. It’s amazing how gold was used everywhere. On the one hand, the bracelets, earrings and corks from the Vicús culture, representations of animals such as lizards and cold cats, as well as Nazca masks.

The works of the Chimu culture are well known. In fact, gold processing peaked in these cultures. It is well known that the ancient South American cultures were ahead of the Europeans in some way. In part, gold work techniques were applied, goldsmiths in Europe until much later, for example, the pouring of ceramic molds.

The weapons of the world

The weapons were used throughout the world to fight, but they also represented the state of their bearer. If a man possessed a simple weapon without ornaments or jewels, he was low-ranking and poor. Those who were rich and of high status showed this in their weapon: a masterfully crafted bow, a sword with a finely chiseled handle and embedded gems, these were the first weapons, with time guns were added: harquebuses, rifles, pistols .

The collection of weapons of the Gold Museum of Peru and Weapons of the World shows an overview of the weapons that have been manufactured for centuries in different parts of the world. There are also armor, shields and other accessories. The incredible amount of approximately 20,000 objects is accessible to visitors here.

Textiles and ceramics

No collector can simply pass beautiful objects. That Miguel Mujica Gallo’s collection also includes a selection of finely crafted textiles and ceramics is no wonder.

A miracle, however, is how this man in his life could collect such a large number of objects. When visiting the Gold Museum of Peru and Weapons of the World, marvel at what the cultures of our planet have created.

Gold and Arms Museum

Museo Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo
Jr Alonso de Molina 1100, Santiago de Surco
Opening Hour: Mo. – So. 10:30 – 18:00

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