Museo de Arte Precolombino
Museo Larco Lima – Perú

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231 Plaza de las Nazarenas

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  • 4.5Atmosphere

While Qorikancha and Machu Picchu draw more visitors, the Museo de Arte Precolombino (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 the compact space, you'll find 450 artifacts (including Peruvian ceramics, jewelry and carvings) that date back from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1532.

While some recent visitors complain about the high entrance fee for a small museum, others say that exhibitions are well-crafted, the artifacts are one-of-a-kind and the in-depth descriptions help to give context to each piece. 

The Museo de Arte Precolombino is located just two blocks northeast of Plaza de Armas, just off Plaza de las Nazarenas. The museum welcomes visitors every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission costs 20 soles (about $6) for adults and 10 soles (about $3) for students. For more information, consult the museum's official website

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