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Museo de la Nacion, Lima

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The Museo de la Nación (English: Museum of the Nation) is one of two major museums of Peruvian history in Lima, Peru. It is much larger than the other main museum in Lima, the Peruvian National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History. Currently it is no longer being used as a museum, carrying only very esporadical exhibitions.

The Museum of the Nation housed thousands of artifacts spanning the entire span of human occupation in Peru, including an impressive collection of Moche, Nazca, and Wari ceramics. The museum also houses reproductions of many famous ancient Andean artifacts, most notably the Lanzón from Chavín de Huantar ; a recreation of the burial chamber of the Lord of Sipan (El Señor de Sipán); and the famous Revolt of the Objects Mural. However it is closed and being treated as the office of the Ministry of Culture.

The only permanent exhibit that remains open is on the 6th floor of the museum which houses the photographic exhibit Yuyanapaq. Para Recordar. This exhibit was created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to document the internal conflict in Peru that occurred from 1980-2000 involving the Shining Path.

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  • We went to the museum and were disappointed to hear that all the normal exhibits were closed due to construction. However they had a art exhibit on the first floor which was kind of Interesting...  more »
  • All the pre-hispanic exbiit have now been moved to a different museum so now the Museo de la Nacion has less to offer for a visit. There is an exhibition on the architecture of the building, and...  more »
  • Although technically still open there are no, as in none, artifacts left in the museum. There is a new museum building being built at Pachamac which according to the personal at the museum will be...  more »
  • Could find one exhibit? Even after looking at a map and actively searching apparantly peruvian history is summed up by 15 telephones
  • Don't go expecting a museum. It in s hardly that. I haven't been in 10 years. But boy has it changed! The basically is no museum. They took away all the art of different cultures such as moche, chimu, etc. There used to be much, much, more. The 6th floor is "yuyanapaq para recordar", which is great. It details the actions of Shining Path / sendero luminoso. If you want to see the, go see it. There is stuff on the first floor, but its dumb. Nothing to call this place worthy of the national museum. It's basically just the remember exhibit. I've been told the old items have been moved to Museo Larco. I wish somebody would have told me before....
  • Great exhibits featuring Peruvian history. Be prepared to walk through a metal detector. For security purposes purses are checked. Large bags are not allowed. You will need to sign in to visit some exhibits.
  • Nice building but museum had very few exhibits, we asked a member of staff and they told us most of the items were in the anthropology museum. I didn't get a chance to see that museum, but I would advise tourists to give this place a pass.

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