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Address: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 | San Borja, Lima, Peru
Phone Number:
+51 1 4769878
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and...

Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell the story of Peru's long history from prehistoric times and ancient civilizations to the advanced civilizations of Huari, Chimu and Paracas and the Inca Empire.

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Mixed review of Shining Path exhibit for English-only tourists

When we went to the museum on September 6, the English language version of the Shining Path film wasn't working. We were told it usually is available. The film would, I think... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
Portland, Oregon
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Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The main Museo is closed for renovation, I presume. But the photo and video exhibition "Yuyanapaq" To remember is excellent and I can't recommend visiting it enough. Yes it visually and viscerally challenging, but the choice of Perú to remember the violence is valuable for us as tourists to understand the country. Harrowing undoubtedly, challenging yes. Worthwhile, completely. The information... More 

1 Thank KarYntravels
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

When I first visited a few years ago this grandiosely named Museum housed in a huge building was a treasure trove of all aspects of the immensely rich and varied Peruvian cultural heritage. Re-visiting just two months ago in late December 2016 there was absolutely nothing relating to the art and ancient history of Peru on display. On enquiry, the... More 

Thank John L
Olomouc, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We went there with my girlfriend. 1) it is far away from old centre and miraflores 2) there are just 2 flors of ceramics exibition (arround 15 vitrins), where there is no description in english + no years 3) in other 2 flors you can see about 25 masks from opera ... That is all This museo is for free... More 

2 Thank JanPoMaly
Monticello, New York
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156 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We took a taxi to this museum from central lima (about 15 minutes, 8 soles) and spent about 45 minutes looking at the exhibits that are spread out across 3-4 floors. The first floor showcased a lot of ceramic statues, plates, ceremonial vases, etc. and the rest of the floors were more geared to Peruvian theater and ballets and were... More 

Thank Nicole L
Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

When we went to the museum on September 6, the English language version of the Shining Path film wasn't working. We were told it usually is available. The film would, I think, have made a huge difference in conveying the origins of the Shining Path movement and responses to it. The photos are their own were impressive (the captions were... More 

Thank wmcl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

If you want to know about what happened in Peru with the Shining Path-army conflict during 1980-2000, you must come here. There is a short video and photo exposition which tells you about the events based on the fact-finding work of the Comision de la Verdad investigations.

Thank CecilHorus
Stuttgart, Germany
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Although the main collection is currently closed, the exhibition about the internal conflict in Peru (1980-2000) is amazing, very informative and well researched, including great fotographies. It sheds light on the crimes perpetrated by both terrorists (mostly Sendero Luminoso) and the government. Peruanos y extranjeros igualmente deben ir!!

Thank Lisa O
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

I had a good time with my daughter. We learned a lot; however, know that if you ask the staff most of them don't know about the exhibits. They couldn't explain and tried to make stuff up. Other than that, it was good.

Thank Alisa B
Toronto, Canada
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137 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Don't make the mistake I did. I spent close to 15 soles by taxi from Miraflores to this musem only to find it covered in scaffolding and plenty of construction. I asked a police officer and two bystanders if it was closed and I got a definite YES. I later found it from other limenos that it is under renovation... More 

5 Thank STho
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

This was probably my most favorite out of the museums that I visited in Lima. If disturbing pictures don't bother you and the history of a nation interests you, then this is the museum for you. The exhibits within this museum are mainly all about the brutal, bloody civil war Peru had in the 80's/early 90's. There were stories of... More 

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