Museo Historico Regional, Cusco

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Travel from pre-Incan cultures to the colonial period at Museo Historico Regional, a small but popular museum. Situated in the original house of colonial-era poet Garcilaso de la Vega, the museum showcases in chronological order collections of pre-Incan, Incan, and colonial relics. Step back in time and view ceramics, textiles, tools, musical instruments, and other ancient artifacts, including a well-preserved mummy from the Nazca culture. Admire the colonial architecture, wander the peaceful courtyard, and observe period paintings, furniture, coins, and documents. Make Museo Historico Regional a centerpiece of your Cusco vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cusco holiday app .
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  • A good Museum, well-ordered and preserved, which has much history of the Peru and specifically in the region of Cusco. It has paintings of the school Cusqueña and some well equipped rooms with screens where videos are presented with history of Garcilaso de la Vega and Tupac Amaru. There are guides that are kind and explain questions that one may have along the way.
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  • We enter the Museum with our 'Boleto Turístico' (pass worth several visits). The Lady at the reception is very nice, but in Spanish, she explains that it is forbidden to photograph inside the rooms, even without flash. I will respect what is asked of me. In principle, when an entry is paid and was not allowed to take pictures, I don't let me buy postcards of the site. This museum has been installed in a large and beautiful colonial House. It is the House where lived, in Cusco, Inca Garcilaso of the Vega. This man was the son of a Spanish conquistador and a direct descendant inca Princess of the Inca. It is he who, poet, writer, columnist, wrote in Spanish any oral tradition which came back to him by his mother. This has helped historians better understand the history of the Incan people. The Museum is divided into three parts. The first presents a series of pottery and objects, as well as a mummy from the pre-Columbian period. The second presents the colonial period, including the life of Inca Garcilaso of the Vega. The last exposes an impressive series of paintings of the school of Cusco (school Cusqueña of paint). One regret: while this museum is visited by many foreigners of all countries, most of the displayed texts are in Spanish or sometimes in broken English.
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  • Our guide Johann (for Condor Travel) led our tour group through this museum and offered explanations of how the Inca building work survived Cusco's earthquakes but the later construction by the Spanis...  more »
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  • We took about 15 minutes to go through the whole place. The best parts were the first room showing the Wari culture and the room detailing the story of Garcilaso.
  • This museum goes through TWO stories. Saw lot of people leaving without realising that. First floor had everything from fossils to inka culture, clothing, agriculture, food, jewelery, ceremonial items. Worth seeing. Second floor had Spanish invasion theme. The house used to belong to a man who's father was Spanish and mother inka and who was proud to be inka. This is another entrance in "general ticket"
  • This museum presents a fantastic regional perspective from prehistoric epochs through recent history. The collection and presentation of artifacts is impressive. Presenting information in both English and Spanish was beneficial and most appreciated. I highly recommend it if you're interested in history.
  • Excellent, modern and open minded museum in Cusco! It has beautiful displays, helpful staff and they also let you take photos, which is a luxury in Peruvian museums.
  • Excellent little museum and great display in courtyard showing world empires throughout history

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One of Peru's most visited cities, Cusco boasts lodgings suitable for every traveler's needs. Scores of hotels ensure plenty of comfortable rooms for tourists coming to explore the nearby archeological sites. Despite the abundance of hotels, room rates remain among the highest in the country, especially during peak season (June to mid-September). Budget-conscious visitors can choose from a range of hostels and small family-run hotels, many located in quiet streets just a walk away from the town's central area.
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