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. Arrange your visit to National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lima using our Lima attractions website .
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  • Excellent exhibits here. You can learn a whole lot in a short time at this Museum. There is a beautiful courtyard inside with a fantastic garden if you want to sit and relax a few minutes surrounded b...  more »
  • The truth always have been a little skeptical with regard to the quality of our museums, however, as a result of our last visit to the anthropological Museum of Mexico, said "how it can be possible that we are not going to our museums having a rich history?" so We went to the National Museum of archaeology. Firstly, it is very well located and we got parking in front of the door of the Museum. People who attend are not very helpful and did not have a map of the Museum. The rooms are very well organized, equipped and themed. Particularly the Paracas room seemed spectacular! There are two courtyards with huge gardens and banquitas to rest. There is also availability of guides in Spanish and English. The souvenir shop has a very limited offer of articles and also does not accept credit cards (at the entrance to either). Models of the strengths are very nice, especially that of Machu Picchu; with buttons to turn on lights in the most important places (some do not work). In short, the museum quality is very good and the service staff could improve. But it is definitely a visit I recommend if you want to know our history.
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  • This museum covers the history of the pre hispanic cultures and a little bit of the colony and the république. it’s nice and I would recommend to come here first and then go to the Larco Museum, in th...  more »

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