National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, Lima
(4.5/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Peru's largest and oldest museum, National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History houses a collection of over 100,000 artifacts, including ceramics, jewelry, weapons, stone figures, and ritual funeral items from various pre-Hispanic cultures. Founded in 1826, the museum allows visitors to take a stroll through thousands of years of Peruvian history. Browse exhibits that include 15,000 human skeletons, numerous golden ornaments unearthed at elite burial sites, and tools used by the pre-Inca cultures of Moche, Chimu, and Nasca. One of the museum's main attractions is a gallery containing impressive scale models of significant Incan structures, including the legendary citadel Machu Picchu. Enhance your visit with an English guided tour of the museum's highlights. See National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History and all Lima has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lima vacation trip planner.
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  • This museum is huge and impresses by the Organization, by artifacts, through the gardens; those who see out, you have no idea what's inside. Is, in itself, very good. Is very good, especially if you're traveling to the interior of Peru, because I take contact with the millennial culture of Peruvians. Worth having a guide, because they are very well trained and are proud to teach and you can actually add knowledge. I liked very much.
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  • Very graphic representation of the ancient cultures of Peru. Good informative structure of the exhibition. Spanish and English. Duration of the tour ca 1 hour - can it arbitrarily extend. Time span: Extends from pre-Columbian times to the time of the founding of the Republic.
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  • Not the most well laid out museum so it helps to take on some of the volunteer guides! Helps them practice English whilst you practice some Spanish!