A recent article in Peru This Week listed the top 6 museums in Peru. For those interested in ancient cultures and the unique history of Peru (and even chocolate) take note…
1. Museo Larco Located in the district of Pueblo Libre, Museo Larco displays galleries showing 3,000 years of development during the history of a pre-Columbian Peru. It is located in a colonial building dating from the eighteenth century, which was built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the seventh century. (Authors’ note – One of our favorites)
2. Museo Tumbas Reales del Señor de Sipán The center of the museum (can be referred to as the Tombs of Sipan in English) contains the Royal Mochica Room where you can find the Lord of Sipan’s warrior clothes and gold chestplate, as well as other jewelry of the same material; the burial chamber of the former ruler, along with eight skeletons of his companions. It is located in the department of Lambayeque.
This unique architectural treat is a must see.
3. ChocoMuseo If you want to taste the best cacao and chocolate, come visit this museum, located in Miraflores and Barranco. You can try to make your own chocolate mold while you visit! On the web here.
Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan Peru
4. Museo Amano Located in Miraflores, the collection brings together a large number of archaeological pieces. There are essentially two rooms: the first, exhibits a select sample of ceramic with outstanding examples of Kotosh, Moche, Chimu, Nazca and Cunispique cultures, among others. The second, exhibits a valuable collection of textiles, almost all which belong to the Chancay culture.
Founded by Yoshitaro Amano the Museum Amano most probably displays the best collection of textiles and ceramics of the Chancay culture. Additionally a large number of mainly ceramics belonging to the Kotosh, Moche, Chimu, Cunispique and Nazca culture are exhibited. (Limaeasy.com)
5. Museo de Arte Pre Colombino All the wonder is within this one virreynal-era mansion located in Cusco, which exhibits collections of ceramics, ornaments and gold jewelry of ancient cultures of Peru.
The artworks displayed at the museum encompass a period of time ranging from 1250 BC to AD 1532. There are ten galleries represented: Formative, Nasca, Mochica, Huari, Chancay – Chimu, Inca, Wood, Jewelry and Stone, Silver, and Gold and Metals. (Wikipedia)
6. Museo Pedro de Osma The collection is composed of eight rooms, including the Room of Angels and Archangels, which houses paintings and portraits of “angel musketeers,” and the Sculpture Room, which houses various religious sculptures. Other standouts are the Cusco XVII and Cusco XVIII rooms.
So make your way to Peru, and don’t forget to put these museums on your must see list. Enjoy!
©2015 Ben Gangloff
You might also like:
Did you enjoy this page? Have questions? Would like information on something to be posted here? Please drop us a line, or sign up for our email list in the box to the right.