Museums in Lima Peru

Museums about Museums – From the Incas to Peruvian Cuisine

If you visit Lima, you will inevitably pass one of the many museums. And as befits the state capital, the range of these facilities is wide. There are the museums that deal with the country’s oldest past, those that have made exhibits from the colonial period their theme, various art museums, museums with a political theme, and still some curiosities. Some of the museums are large, others private. You can find them in the old city centre of Lima as well as in the periphery.

Peru’s pre-Hispanic cultures

The Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú is one of the most important museums of Peru’s history. Ceramics of the Nazca, Paracas, Moche and Inkas, gold jewellery and statues, but also art from the colonial period and the republican era are gathered here. It is similar to the collection of the Banco Central de Reserva Museum, which also contains wonderful examples of Peruvian painting. More monothematic are the Amano, the museum for pre-Columbian textile art, and the Museo de los Colli, a small, privately run treasure in the Comas district.

Attractions Museum: Casa de la Gastronomía Peruana

Attractions Museum: Casa de la Gastronomía Peruana

Museum of Attractions: House of Peruvian Gastronomy The cuisines of this world are diverse, and depending on who you ask, you will hear that your own national cuisine is the best in the world. you
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The Museo de la Electricidad: Peru’s History of Electricity

The Museum of Electricity: History of Electricity in Peru

The Museum of Electricity: the history of electricity in Peru Small but instructive: the Museum of Electricity Lima Lima has many museums. Some of them are dedicated to the cultural heritage of the country, the cultures of the country
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Museum and Research Facility: The Museo de la Nación

Museum and Research Facility: The Museo de la Nación

The Museum of the Nation offers a deep insight into the cultures of Peru "The rich and diverse cultures of the nation through a large research institute
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Family Art: The Museo Pedro de Osma

Family Art: The Museo Pedro de Osma

The art collector Pedro de Osma lived from 1901 to 1967 and was a private collector, focusing on Peruvian art
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Contemporary Art in the Museo de Mario Testino

Contemporary art at the Mario Testino Museum

Contemporary art at the Mario Testino Museum or MATE. The many museums in Lima cover all kinds of Peruvian art and culture areas
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The Museo de Arte Italiano – Valuable gift for the 100th year of independence

The Museo de Arte Italiano – Valuable gift for the 100th year of independence

The Italian Art Museum - Gift of something valuable for the hundredth year of independence. The Italian Art Museum promises Italian art in Peru. Why not
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Modern side of Lima – The Museum of Contemporary Art

Modern side of Lima – The Museum of Contemporary Art

Visits to Lima always point to the colonial past of the city in the historic center. The Museum of Contemporary Art offers one
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Natural history in Lima: the Natural History Museum

Natural History in Lima: The Museo de Historia Natural

The Museum of Natural History, Museo de Historia Natural, is another worth seeing place in the series of museums in Lima. It is dedicated to the animal and
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The Museo of the Banco Central de Reserva: From pre-Columbian times to modernity

From pre-Columbian times to modern times: The Museum of the Banco Central de Reserva

What is behind the abbreviation BCRP? Simple: Banco Central de Reserva del Perú. But this bank museum is not about the money
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MALI - Museo de Arte de Lima

The Art Museum of Lima (MALI) – unique collection of Peruvian art

The Art Museum of Lima - Unique Collection of Peruvian Art has a long tradition in Peru. And there in the course of the existence of life
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Dreadful and informative: the Museo de la Inquisicion y del Congreso

Dreadful and informative: the Museo de la Inquisicion y del Congreso

Dreadful and informative: the Museo de la Inquisicion y del Congreso. In the Museo del Congreso y de la Inquisición these traces are collected and condensed
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Gold and Arms Museum in Lima

Gold and weapons museum in Lima

The Gold and Arms Museum in Lima Peru displays weapons from around the world and gold finds from Peru. In the Museo de Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo are
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The colonial period: Peru under Spanish influence

Not all museums can always be assigned to a certain theme, they usually mix. This becomes visible in the Museo Oro del Perú y Armas del Mundo, where you will find a beautiful overview of Peru’s gold craft and weapons from all over the world. The Museo de la Inquisición y del Congreso, on the other hand, covers a more unpleasant part of the history – with the Spaniards also the Catholic Church came to Peru, and thus various torture methods, whose remnants are still to be seen.

Fine Arts in Peru

Lima’s oldest art museum, the Museo de Arte de Lima, is one of the best places if you are interested in the fine arts. When you leave this architectural peculiarity, you will not only have seen the ceramics of pre-Columbian times, but also the school of Cuzco and the works of modern artists. In the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo you can see modern works of art and installations, in the Museo de Mario Testino contemporary photography and colonial architecture meet. These museums are joined by museums from private collections: the Museo de Arte Fernando Saldías Díaz and the Museo Pedro de Osma.

Curious places

What would Lima be without the museums you might not expect? Are you a car fan? Visit the Museo de Automóvil; for aviation enthusiasts, the Aeronautical Museum in Rospogliosi Castle is a must (although the Castillo Rospigliosi has to be visited anyway for its architecture and furnishings…). In the Museo de la Electricidad you can learn about the history of electricity in Peru and try your hand at the interactive installations. Very interesting and suitable for a visit with children is the Museo de Historia Natural. And if you don’t have enough of the curiosities or just want to whet your appetite: Casa de la Gastronomía Peruana. There you will not only learn what the Incas ate and how many varieties of potatoes there are in Peru, you will also be able to taste the different typical specialities of the country!