Museo de Arte Precolombiano (MAP) is housed in a former mansion, built on the ruins of an Inca ceremonial court. The mansion has been the residence of conqueror Alonso Díaz and later the Earl of Cabrera.
The museum is new and very modern (opened in 2003). On display are items from the ‘Museo Rafael Larco Herrera’ in Lima; jewellery, pottery, metalwork (gold and silver), stone-carvings, and weavings from the cultures of Inca, Mochica, Nazca, Chimu, and others. However, the museum has a relatively small collection – and if you have visited the ‘Museo Rafael Larco Herrera’ in Lima there’s no need to visit the ‘MAP’ museum in Cusco...
A small but fabulous museum has just opened up in Cusco, and it is worth the few hours and soles it takes to visit even though it is not on your city pass. It is the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. You will love the pottery -- it is beautiful by any standards, not just because it is a thousand years old! The Mocachica pottery stands out the most. This gives you an excellent overview of the cultures of Peru on whom the Incas built their accomplishments. A must see!
This is the best of Cusco's museums. It includes artifacts from all of Peru's advanced pre-columbian cultures.