The Regional Museum is in the former home of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. It has a good collection of Inca textiles and ceramics, as well as Cusqueño art.
The house itself is very interesting—it was built in the colonial period, but in Inca style. The two-story house has very thick walls, and the rooms open to the enclosed courtyard.
Open Monday-Saturday, 8-5. No photos inside
If you have a General Admission ticket, the entrance fee is included
The Museo Historical Regional is another of Cusco many fine museums that is well worth visiting if you have the time. It is house in a very interesting old colonial mansion called the Casa Garcilaso. The artifacts on display here are in displayed in chronological order and include pieces from all over Peru, not just Cusco. These means that there are artifacts from Chavin and Chan Chan. There is also a mummy from the Nazca region. The exhibits do not end with the Pre-Columbian era as there is also period furniture and textiles on display too. The mansion belonged to a half-Spanish, half-Inca named Garcilaso de la Vega who was poet historian.
Entry into the museum is covered on the Cusco Tourist ticket. The museum is open from 8:30am to 5pm everyday but Sunday when it is closed.
The Inca Garcilaso De La Vega was born Gomez Suarez de Figueroa in Cusco on April 12th, 1539. His father was the famous captain Sebastian Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas. His mother was Isabel Suarez Chimpu Ocllo, niece of Inca Huaina Capac and concubine to the Spanish captain.
Known as "El Inca Garcilaso" this man was an outstanding writter of the colony ages, representing perhaps the best of both cultures despite his deep contradictions because the arising struggle between the spaniard forces and the kechua resistance.
Nevertheless his kechua blood was thicker than the spanish, then he always fought for the respect to his mother's people.
He wrote books like "Los dialogos de amor" (Love Dialogues), "La Florida del Inca" and the "Comentarios Reales de los Incas" (Royal Comments of the Incas".
He wrote several poems too, a diary and unpublished manuscripts such as his geneological essay "La descendencia de Garci Perez de Vargas" during his time in Spain.
The house of his father where he grew up -he died in Spain in 1616- now is a museum dedicated to his memory.
Located at two blocks from the Plaza de Armas, a typical colonial two stories building, you can know more about the history of the Incaic Empire and this unforgettable man.
In the Regocijo Sq you can find this small charming museum located in the former house of the inca-spanish writer Garcilaso de la Vega (XVII century).
There are a few collections of pre-inca and colonial art and history.
You can enter with the "Boleto Turístico".
Like so many of Cusco's museum a big part of the draw is the colonial buildings they are in. This is the courtyard of the museum
This small museum is set in the former house of the Inca chronicaller, Garcilaso de Vega. Its main attraction is an Inca Mummy shown.
Some stuffed animals if you like that sort of thing and of course, another lovely courtyard, what else.