National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, Lima

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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 is a very well done museum, though some parts are more "up to date" than others. There are other Plaza Bolivar's in Lima, so make sure you go to the one in Pueblo Libre, not the one near the Plaz...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit for a comprehensive view on the archaeology and history of Peru. Although a bit dusty and not as well presented as the nearby Museo Larco, it has broader coverage. We co...  more »
  • A nice museum, but some of the exhibits were dated and only had descriptions in Spanish. The exhibit of the Incan burial scene was excellent.  more »

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