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5 museums to visit in Lima

In addition to the impressive natural attractions of Peru that surprise not only for its beauty but also for the great historical load that is in each one, the museums have become a must for those who want to know in depth the rich culture of the country.

While you are traveling to Peru you may need to keep communication or a translation app. That’s why you may need to use one of our mobile phone plans for tourists to avoid high roaming costs. In order to make a nice trip here in PeruSIM, we will show you 5 museums in Lima you should visit.

If you have already scheduled your visit to the Peruvian capital, be sure to visit these 5 museums:

1. National Museum of Anthropology, Archeology and History. 

Besides being the largest and oldest in Peru, the MNAAHP is the most important museum of all those that exist in the country, due to its extensive and valuable cultural heritage that houses some 300,000 pieces of the Inca culture in different periods of pre-Hispanic, Republican and colonial art.

Among ceramics, metals, textiles and lithics that show the legacy of the pre-Hispanic past, you will find that each piece has very special processing techniques and treatment, which are even practiced today by several communities. 

Each room is so unique and special that it would take enough time to know each of the pieces and wonders that are kept there, starting the tour in the Origins room to the Republic room.

This museum is one of the must-see places in your visit to the capital of Lima, where you can not only meet with history but also be surprised with this great cultural space that you will have the fortune to appreciate and tour.

2. Gold Museum

One of the most important museums in the city, founded by Miguel Mujica Gallo, it houses important pieces that he collected in his travels around the world. The collection of gold pieces, fabrics and weapons dating from the 8th century, pre-Inca times, are characterized by their level of detail in the goldsmithing techniques used by the Incas. 

Nose rings, bracelets, cut stone flaps, filigree, figures of monkeys, birds, men and felines, as well as impressive masks that were used in celebrations and rituals that had no commercial value at the time, can be seen in the Gold Museum of Lima.

3. Museum of the Nation

This museum contains pieces belonging to different periods of Peru’s history. Itinerant exhibitions are held throughout the year and has four main circuits: pre-Hispanic, popular art of Peru, the room of the children of Peru and finally the room of treasures.

More than 15,500 pieces make up this collection of pre-Hispanic art where ceramics, metals and textiles from cultures such as Moche, Paracas, Wari, among others, stand out, in addition to pieces of colonial, contemporary and popular art. 

4. Larco Museum

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Located at Av. Bolivar 1515 Pueblo Libre, it can be easily reached from Miraflores, San Isidro or Jorge Chavez International Airport in just 15 minutes. The museum has not only fixed and temporary exhibitions, but also a virtual museum where you can see some of the most important works recovered in archaeological excavations in different regions of the country.

9 rooms make up this great museum among which the Gallery of Cultures where ceramic, wood and stone objects are exhibited, arranged chronologically and by regions of ancient Peru covering more than 5,000 years of history. 

The Textures Room displays cotton fibers, alpacas and vicuñas of great importance in the raw material of the indigenous communities that inhabited the territory and whose value was as important as that of gold and silver. 

You will also find the Ceremonial Hall of Sacrifice that collects different objects used in the practices of human sacrifice, common not only in the Inca culture but in other ancient cultures around the world. Life was offered as a gift to the gods to appease their wrath, becoming sacred souls and transformed in the afterlife.

One of the most fascinating things about this museum is that each month a piece from the entire collection is highlighted so that visitors can learn more about its origins, history and importance. Thus, each object is unique and hides impressive stories that show the value of the Inca culture.

5. Lima Museum of Art

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The Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) is located in the Palacio de la Exposición, one of the most emblematic buildings of the capital of Lima, built under an eclectic, neo-Renaissance architecture that makes it a great work of art. 

 The permanent collection of the museum offers works of pre-Columbian art up to the present period, also has several rooms among which are the room of silverware, colonial art room, photography room and the room of contemporary art, among others.

More than 1,200 pieces (from pre-Columbian times to the mid-20th century) make up the museum’s collections, spanning 3,000 years of Peruvian art history. 

Be sure to visit these 5 museums and many more that you will find on your tour of Lima.

Finally, we know that you have to keep communication with your relatives and friends, that you need to be able to orient yourself in new cities, that you might need help with translation and that you might need to search for restaurants or hotels. That’s why with PeruSIM you can buy a SIM card including the data plan of your need without having to worry about high roaming costs.

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