Museo de Arte Virreinal, Arequipa

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · History Museum
View the intricate decorations and artworks at Museo de Arte Virreinal, a Carmelite monastery and living museum. The 17th-century convent remained closed to the public until 2005. Now, you can get to know the complex's colonial architecture and art, as well as the lifestyle of the nuns that live here. Take a guided tour to acquaint yourself with the daily life in the convent and hear about the history of the place. View the living quarters, the simple chapel, the courtyards, and the peaceful patio of flowers. Admire the extensive collection of colonial-era religious artworks and don't forget to purchase a delicious treat or some rose-scented soap from the convent-run shop. Arrange your visit to Museo de Arte Virreinal and discover more family-friendly attractions in Arequipa using our Arequipa trip planner.
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  • If your budget is quite low, and do not want to enter to Santa Catalina Monastery, here you go, a low-budget option to see colonial art, is even having more stuff to see than Santa Catalina.  more »
  • I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous colonial building and the wonderful art. The museum is world-class and my guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Highly recommend a visit!  more »
  • Visited this museum around 3pm, paid 20/s each to enter. It was very quiet with only a couple of other people there and most of the rooms only contained paintings. Great place to visit if you are...  more »
  • One of the best museums I've been to in a while. The most beautiful collections of paintings from the 16,17's centuries. The working monestary is so well kept. The artifacts are so well preserved. The whole place is just beautiful! Loved it. And you would too!. Good English speaking guide. Its worth paying a little extra . With the guide you get a better understanding of the history of the monestary.
  • Had a good english speaking guide who could tell a lot of interesting things.
  • Because is a little place and they don't have too much information about some things
  • Carmelite convent with living Sisters; excellent peaces of art, 2 cloisters.
  • It's just one big claustro to visit with many rooms and great pieces exposed. You'll get to see the church from two exclusive point of views (the one of the sisters living in the Covent. It's definitely not santa Catalina, but for 20 soles (+10 for the guide for your group) you will not regret it !

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