National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History, Lima

(4.5/5 based on 650+ 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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  • The Museum has a great collection about civilizations which occupied the Peruvian territory and the history of the formation of the Peruvian nation. Many works of art, tapestries, ceramics and sculptures that show that there were many other peoples of advanced culture existing since before the incas. In addition, the Museum building is in colonial style, with beautifully landscaped courtyards. The price is very cheap, around 10 soles (5 for students like me) and it worth the visit. Stay in a quiet neighborhood, relatively close to the historic centre and the San Isidro and Miraflores, the taxi drivers don't know this Museum (the cab driver took me to the Museum Larco in place) then tell him you want to go to the Plaza Bolivar where Gobernacion of Pueblo Libre. For those who take the bus, use any line that follow the Brazil Avenue (in Miraflores she spends in the square) and get off at the corner of Avenida San Felipe, about 10 minutes walking.
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  • I thought the Museum cool, the price is very affordable and they accept student card even without being the international.
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  • The Museum is quite simple, but has a very good, well distributed and relatively well explained. It is very interesting to get an idea of the diversity of cultures that are part of the history of Peru. It's a walk of a morning or an afternoon. Worth a visit!
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