Unsaac Museo Inca (also known as the ‘Archaeological Museum of Cusco’) is housed in an old building from the early 17th century. It first belonged to Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado, and the building is known as ‘the Admiral’s House’. Like much of Cusco, it is built on Inca foundations and is considered one of the most impressive colonial houses in Cusco.
The museum is a great museum, covering from pre-Inca civilizations, through Inca times to the Conquest. The exhibitions display ceramics, textiles, metal and gold work, jewelry, architectural models, several mummies, and a huge collection of 'quero' (drinking vessels carved out of wood). This museum has the largest collection of Inca objects in the world, well worth a visit.
The Inca Museum has s a wonderful collection of Inca and pre-Inca artifacts. The pre-Inca room had pottery and/or weavings from a number of early cultures, including Moche, Nazca, Chavin and Wari. The Chimo black pottery (1200-1100 B.C.) was the oldest I saw.
The Inca rooms included textiles, pottery, silver figurines, musical instruments, and even mummies. They also had some nice dioramas of daily life, a model of a circular terrace (moray) and a rope and mat bridge strung between walls.
The building that houses the museum was once the palace of Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado.
Photos are not allowed inside the museum.
Open 9-6 on weekdays; 9-4 on Saturday. Admission is 10 soles, and must be paid in Peruvian currency.
If you are interested in Inca culture and its developement this is your place. Probably one of the best museums in the city.
Timetable: Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00
Price 2007: 10 soles (3€).
The Inka Museum off the main square of Cusco contains an excellent range of pre-historic Peruvian artifacts divided into different rooms based on region and time period. While some displays were a bit basic, comprised of cardboard cut-outs and hand-written descriptions, all were sufficient to display the ceramics, textiles, and artwork created by the hundreds of civilizations which have occupied Peru over the course of thousands of years.
Admission to the museum was only $3 and a group of enthusiastic guides waited in the courtyard for tourists. The guides offer their services in exchange for a tip and walk visitors through the displays, describing the artifacts in detail to visitors. Our guide was a local and grew up in the area, teaching himself English in order to study tourism and become a professional guide. He was practicing his English language skills by leading tourists around the museum and proved to be very knowledgeable.
It is the largest of its kind in Peru and hosts a few mummies that are quite intact in a sitting position. There is also a few skulls to see with holes in them, and elongated heads for the nobles, which's heads were bound at birth to stay elongated. The inner courtyard hosts a few weavers at work and there is quite a few pottery pieces that are assessed at 1000+ years old! Worth a visit to learn about the Inca era, and a better understanding of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
It will cost you 10 Soles to get in (the Boleto Turistico is not valid for this museum) and the pictures inside the museum are forbidden.
This fasincating museum contains artifacts designed to trace Peruvian history from pre-Inca civilizations and Inca culture, including the Conquest and colonial times and their impact on the native cultures.
The colelction includes: cramics, textiles, jewelry, mummies, architectural models, and an huge collectionof Inca drinking vesselscarved out of wood.
The museum is a great place to start your tour of the City, as it provdes such a complete overview of Incan culture.
The museum building itself is a beautiful old colonial palace worth seeing for the architecture alone.
If you head up the steps to the left of the cathedral from the Playa des Armas you'll find this museum in a lovely old colonial building. There are some beautiful vases and pieces of jewellery which made me really appreciate the art of these people I'd been hearing about throughout my travels in Peru.
The main attraction for most visitors is the display of real mummies, and it is a display - they are set out in a rather bizarre scene, with a mummified dog for company!
We also enjoyed meeting the local crafts people who use the central courtyard as both workshop and market-place. It's a good spot to shop for textiles.
The Inca Museum (Museo Inka) is the first of Cusco's superb collection of museums that I visited. The museum is located in El Palacio del Almirante, a grand colonial building. It has an excellent collection of mummies, ceramics, metalwork and textiles. Although by its name you might be mislead in thinking that this museum is solely devoted to the Incas but it is not. Artifacts by pre-Inca civilizations are also represented. In fact the museum traces the history of Pre-Columbian civilizations until the arrival of the Spanish. There are many well presented dioramas of Pre-Columbian life. I found the museum very useful if you want to know more about Incas before setting out to the various ruins in the region.
As I have stated the museum is located in the El Palacio del Almirante or Admiral's Mansion. The building has a beautiful courtyard where souveniors are sold. The entrance into the building is through a plateresque portal that is highly regarded for artistic reasons.
The museum is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturday it closes at 4pm and on Sunday it is closed. It costs $1.50 to enter the museum.
This was one of the larger museums I visited in Cusco. There are many Inca artifacts, ceramics,textiles,jewelry and large Inca drinking vessels carved out of wood. It is housed in the Admiral's Palace. The price of admission is 5 soles and it is not one of the included museums on the tourist ticket. You are not allowed to take pictures here, and I found this true of all the museums I visited in Cusco.
I then entered the Museo Inca where I learned a bit more of the history of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Although it had a small width, the Inca empire at it's peak covered an area as far north as Southern Colombia and as far south as Northern Chile. Check out the picture to see how the area covered by the Incas in South America compares to the same area in Europe.