Pre-Columbian Art Museum
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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While Qorikancha and Machu Picchu draw more visitors, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum possesses a world-class Peruvian collection that cannot be matched. This 12-room exhibition space is located in the Casa Cabrera, a mansion-turned-convent that dates back to 1580. Inside this compact space, you'll find 450 artifacts (including Peruvian ceramics, jewelry, and carvings). The museum's collection spans from 1250 B.C. to 1532 A.D. and features works from the Nasca, Huari, Mochica, Chancay, and Inca civilizations.
While some visitors complain about the museum's high entrance fee, others say the exhibition's well-crafted arrangement of artifacts and versatile pieces is worth the cost. One TripAdvisor user comments, "Nowhere else (except in its sister museum in Lima) will you find so many top quality pieces."
The Pre-Columbian Art Museum is located to the northeast of Plaza de Armas in Plaza de las Nazarenas. The museum welcomes visitors every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission costs 20 PEN (about $7.50 USD) for adults and 10 PEN (about $3.75 USD) for children. For more information, consult the museum's official website.