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Parque de la Exposición, Paseo Colon 125, Distrito de Lima

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Lima's art museum – also known as MALI – is home to more than 1,200 pieces of Peruvian art spanning 3,000 years, from the pre-Columbian times to the contemporary. You'll find pieces from multiple indigenous cultures, including textiles and ceremonial items as well as modern, abstract pieces from Peruvian artists.

Recent visitors to the museum said you can spend an entire afternoon exploring the collection, and most major pieces of art have English signage. Guided, bilingual tours are available Tuesday through Saturday; check with the information desk upon arrival to learn more about times. If you'd rather tour the museum on your own, ask about the free audio guides. Reviewers also noted that the museum is poorly ventilated, warning that it can get quite warm on hot summer days.

MALI offers plenty of restrooms throughout the museum, as well as an on-site cafe and boutique, which sells artistic souvenirs. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays until 5 p.m. On the first Friday of every month, the museum is open until 10 p.m. Admission costs 30 sol (about $9) and is free for children 8 and younger. You can also take advantage of free admission on Thursdays after 3 p.m. and the first Friday of each month from 5 to 10 p.m.

You can find the Museo de Arte de Lima near the Estación Central bus station. Afterward, take a walk along Jirón de la Unión, a pedestrian street in the historic district that leads to the Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). And to find out more about current and permanent exhibits, visit the museum's website.

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#1 Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Known as the birthplace of Lima, the Plaza de Armas (also known as Plaza Mayor) functioned as the heart of the Spanish colony dating back to 1535. Travelers say it's a must-see for every first-time visitor to Lima.

Located in the historic center of Lima, this main square is full of photo ops. Although none of the original structures stand, the current architecture is still photo-worthy. You won't be able to miss the bright yellow Municipal Palace, as well as the bronze fountain that dates back to the early 1650s.

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