Museums of Lima City
To come closer to the millennial Peruvian culture, Lima has diverse museums, the best ones of Peru, on which you would be transport in the archaeological, historic and artistic ambits. The museums of Lima keep the richest collections in the whole Peruvian past. Minimum and recommended to visit the Museo Nacional de Antropología Arqueología e Historia, Museo Larco and Gold of Peru Museum.
The following museums constitute the places in which you will be able to recreate a complete scene of the millennial Peruvian past in archeology, history and art.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia Arqueologia e Historia (National Anthropological Archeological and Historic Museum)
Museo de Oro del Peru (Gold of Peru Museum)
Museo de la Nación (National Museum)
Location: Av. Javier Prado Este N° 2465, San Borja.
Visiting hours: Tue. – Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. except Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday, May 1st, Independence Day (28th – 29th July), Christmas Day, and New Years.
Telephone: 476-9875 and 476-9882
Inaugurated in 1990, exhibition in big rooms distributed in four levels, with a sample that recreates all the pre-Hispanic manifestations among 14,000 BC. and 1532 AD. Ceramic exhibition, replicas of the main archaeological places of Peru, the most interesting being the replica of the Lord of Sipan tomb. Dioramas, paintings and diverse collections that represent the different aspects of the development of the old Peru. Restoration shops, historical file, libraries, galleries and auditorium. Today, they also put on very important temporary exhibitions and cultural activities.
Museo de Arte Religioso de la Catedral (Museum of Religious Art of the Cathedral )
Location: Plaza Mayor, Lima downtown.
Attention: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:45 and from 14:00 to 16:45
Exhibition of liturgical objects, ornaments, carved articles, paintings, gold and silver work and religious imagery in wood and ivory, and furniture of the viceroyalty time.
Museo del Congreso y Antiguo Tribunal de la Inquisición (Museum of the Inquisition and the Congress)
Location: Jr. Junín N° 548, Plaza Bolívar, Lima downtown.
Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Telephone: 311-7777 extension 2910
Located on the old colonial local of the Tribunal of the Saint Inquisition that originally was Nicolás de Ribera's house (XVII century), son of one of the conquerors of Peru. The building consists on a Chapel named "Capilla del Santo Oficio", jewel of the colonial architecture, decorated roof that is considered one of the most valuable colonial relics in the Peruvian art, carved, secret cameras, torture rooms, and underground prisons. After having abolished the Inquisition it was the local of the University San Marcos, the Senate of the Republic and at the moment headquarters of the Museum. The museum preserves numerous objects and rooms which were used during the Inquisition process. Among them, there is the Courtroom where the members of the Inquisition Tribunal met. Interesting sights are the Secret Door, used to conduct individuals to the Grand Inquisitor's private room, the Torture Chamber, the secret dungeon with its subterranean cells, and the Inquisition Library. Library of Congress. Across the street, occupying the area that used to be the old church and monastery of la Caridad (sixteenth century), there is the Congressional Building of the Republic, a Neoclassical building constructed between 1912 and 1916.
Museo del Banco Central de Reserva (Museum of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru)
Location: Corner of Lampa and Ucayali Streets, Lima downtown.
Visiting hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sat. – Sun. 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Telephone: 613-2000 extensions 2655 and 2666
It contains three main thematic exhibition areas: Archeology, Contemporary Peruvian Painting, and Popular Art. The Museum is responsible for the recently restored Upper Tribunal of Accounts and the Numismatic Museum.
Museo de Arte de Lima (Lima Art Museum)
Location: Paseo Colón N° 125, Lima downtown.
Visiting hours: Thu. – Tue. 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Located on the Palacio de la Exposición (Palace of the Exhibition) since 1961. It was built in 1872 with plans of Gustave Eiffel. Formed by donated pieces and legacies. It exhibits collections that show the art of Peru from the prehistory and the first human discoveries until the contemporary art. Ceramic and fabric pre-Hispanic cultures collections. Silver jewels, furniture and colonial dresses. Paintings of the "Escuela Cusqueña" and of the periods republican and contemporary, outstanding the collections of Ignacio Merino, Pancho Fierro and Carlos Baca Flor.
Museo de Arte Italiano (Italian Art Museum)
Location: Paseo de la República N° 250, Lima downtown.
Visiting hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Founded in 1921, building with the Florentine renascence architecture. Designed by the Milan Architect Gaetano Moretti. Donated by the Italian colony in Peru when being commemorated the centennial of the Independence of Peru. The Italian Renaissance facade is worked in white marble with the coats of arms of the main Italian cities and two mosaic panels with notable historical figures. Permanent exhibitions show art works from Italy with elements of Bramante architecture and decorative details inspired by Donatello, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, and Botticcelli.
Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions of the Riva Agüero Institute – Pontifica University Catholic of Peru
Location: Jr. Camaná N° 459, Lima downtown.
Visiting hours: Mon. – Sat. 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Telephone: (511) 427-7678 or 4279-275.
Created in 1979, it gathers more than 5000 pieces of popular art belonging to important collections donated or submitted for their preservation. The textile and sacred image carving exhibits are the most impressive.
Museo Nacional de la Cultura Peruana (National Museum of the Peruvian Culture)
Location: Av. Alfonso Ugarte N° 650, Lima downtown.
Attention: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:30
Founded in 1946, building with front inspired by the Tiahuanaco culture. Exhibition of popular Peruvian arts, amazon and folkloric ethnology; fabrics, ceramic, musical instruments, saddlery, imagery, etc.
Museo de San Francisco de Jesus (Museum of San Francisco of Jesus)
Location: Ancash Street 3rd block, Lima downtown.
Attention: Daily from 10:00 to 17:45
Exhibition of liturgical articles of the viceroyalty, carved articles and paintings of Francisco of Zurbarán.
Location: Retiro N° 160, Miraflores
Attention: Previous phone appointment.
Private collection of Mr. Yoshirato Amano. The museum was founded in 1964. You will find archeological pieces there such as ceramics from the Kotosh, Moche, Chimú, Cupisnique, and Nazca cultures. An important collection of pre-Hispanic textiles is on display, chronologically organized, the Chancay (Central Coast) cultural pieces being the most impressive.