Most visitors to Peru don’t stay long in Lima, the capital of Peru. Most go straight to the south and visit the Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and of course Machu Picchu and Cusco. However, Lima is a great city, especially if you know where to go!
Here a short review of our Top 3 must-see best Museums in Lima. You certainly have to visit those, if only have time to visit 3 during your stay in Lima! If you want to find out about more museums in Lima, we recommend you check this Lima Museum Guide.
Museo de oro (The Gold Museum)
The Gold Museum showcases a large collection of gold objects constructed by Pre-Incan civilizations. Touring the museum is a great way to gain appreciation of the skill of the ancient Peruvians. Their ability to craft jewelry such as bracelets, earrings, and nose rings by hand is truly impressive! You can also see textiles, ceramics, and a complete collection of weapons from various cultures and civilizations from around the world.
Address: Alonso de Molina 1100, Monterrico – Surco
Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tickets: Adults S/.33, Children under 11 S/.16
The Museo de la Nacion (National Museum)
A visit to the National Museum in Lima allows you to experience an overview of all of Peru´s civilizations! Here you will see everything from Chavín stone carvings and the knotted rope quipus of the Incas to artifacts from Colonial times. The museum frequently hosts large visiting international exhibits as well. However, the highlight of your visit to the museum will likely be the Yuyanapaq, located on the 6th floor. The exhibit, named after the Quechua verb ‘to remember,’ was created by Peru’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission in 2003 and is a photographic tribute to the Internal Conflict (1980–2000). Students of contemporary Latin American history: consider this an absolute must-see.
Address: Av Javier Prado Este 2466, San Borja
Phone: 01 . 476-9878
Tickets: S/ 7 soles (subject to change)
Mario Testino, a world-famous and influential photographer from Lima, is well-known for his photos of the British Royal family, his work with famous actors and international beauties, as well as his contributions to international magazines and books. In July of 2012, his new project was realized…the Mario Testino Association located in the Barranco district of Lima. The museum is housed in a meticulously restored 19th century mansion, and boasts the largest collection of Mario Testino’s photographs, thus realizing Testino´s lifelong dream of having his work on permanent display in his hometown of Lima.
Address: Avenida Pedro de Osma 409 | Barranco, Lima Lima 4, Peru
Phone: 00 511 2517755
Hours: 7 Tues-Sat 11.00 – 8.00; Sun 11.00 – 6.00
Tickets: S/ 20 (tourists), S/10 (peruvians), S/5 (students), S/. 2 kids under 6.
You can combine a visit to the Gold Museum with a Lima City Tour and spend a lovely cultural day in Lima. If you like more information on tours in Lima and tours in Peru, please www.dosmanosperu.com
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