Museums for Peru Travel
By: Matthew Barker
Read about top museums to include on your Peru travel itinerary. These range from chocolate museums to archaeological museums.
It seems as though museums are an essential part of traveling. They serve as distillations of the history, culture, and interests of a place and time. And they are an excellent complement to experiencing the living, breathing culture on the street, giving it context and sometimes contrast. For travel in places with a particularly rich history, a visit to a museum adds an extra dimension to the entire experience. If you’re on your way to see Machu Picchu, here we recommend museums to visit in Lima and Cusco. If your Peru travel program extends even further, we have suggestions for museums in Arequipa, Trujillo, and Chiclayo.
In Lima, visitors on a Peru vacation will find some of the best museums in the country. The Museo Larco is one of the oldest museums in Peru and has a truly impressive collection of artifacts extending to more than 3,000 years ago. The museum grounds themselves are quite lovely with gardens surrounding an 18th century mansion that once housed viceroys. The holdings in the interior of the museum are just as glorious and include gold and silver from ancient Peruvian cultures, as well as a large collection of erotic art. This museum is unique in that visitors can enter the repository to see an additional 45,000 pieces. Other museums in Lima include the Museo Religioso de la Catedral, the Museo y Catacumbas de Arte Religioso de San Francisco, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia y Arqueologia Julio C Tello, and the Sala Museo de Oro (Gold Museum).
In Cusco, there are a variety of museums to suit all interests. In addition to the more conventional historical museums such as the Museo de Arte Precolombino, the Museo Historico Regional, and the Museo de Arte Religioso, there are also the Choco Museum, focusing on the regional production of chocolate, and the Coca Museum that does the same for the coca leaf. Another fascinating museum in the Museo Machupicchu at Casa Concha dedicated to the study of Machu Picchu. Among its holdings are 366 artifacts previously collected and taken to Yale University by Hiram Bingham and recently returned to this museum. For a unique take on Cusco history, visit the Monumento Pachacutec, the monument/museum in the Ovalo just south of the historic center. This 6-story museum interprets the importance of Pachucutec, the 9th Inca emperor.
In Arequipa, visitors can head to the Museo Historico Municipal and the Museo Santury, which has the famous mummy Juanita along with 20 other mummies from around the region. Meanwhile, in Trujillo & Chiclayo, where travelers go to see ancient pre-Inca archaeological sites, there is the excellent Museo Arqueologico Casinelli and the Site Museum at Chan Chan.
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