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    El Museo de Sitio Bodega y Quadra

    by hawkhead Updated Feb 15, 2014

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    This museum has to rank alongside the Larco for interest, information and organisation. It is situated in the Bodega y Quadra House located next to the old railway station.

    A big plus over the Larco - it is FREE!

    Open: 09.00-17.00 - Tuesday - Sunday

    The Museo de Sitio Bodega y Quadra exhibits artifacts of the colonial and republican period found within their environment during the process of preservation and enhancement. These objects, found during archaeological excavations at the site, show us the daily life of colonial society and in the times of the republic.

    La Casa, in addition to showing these interesting findings, was home to the Bodega y Quadra family during the eighteenth century. The head of the Spanish Don Thomas family of Bodega y Quadra, noted for its commercial activities and for being twice prior consulate in Lima, similarly emphasized their children in the field of education, religion and politics. Among the most recognized Creole Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, famous sailor and explorer who, in his travels around the Pacific Ocean, explored the west coast of the U.S. and Canada. His maps and travel diaries are of great value to American/Canadian history. Juan Francisco is noted for his exploration trip to the Island of Quadra and to Vancouver in Canada, which was initially called after its discovery by Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra and then after George Vancouver by England.

    The first two floors are devoted to artifacts found at the site, and to social and general history of Lima.
    The lower ground floor is the excavated site and one can wander around here. Much of interest.

    Signage throughout the whole museum is very good. In Spanish and English - the English is of a very high calibre.

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    El Museo de Banco Central de Reserva del Peru

    by hawkhead Updated Feb 7, 2014

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    Free of charge but you will need id. Place to leave small items securely. Photographs without flash are permitted. Good loos on ground floor.

    This museum is housed in the original Banco building in the Centro Historico. This museum is actively engaged in the preservation and restoration fof Peru’s historical legacy. It’s archaeological collection comprises pottery, gold and wooden artifacts and textiles from the Vicus, Mochica, Masca, Lambayeque, Chimu, Chancay, Chavin and Inca civilisations.

    This and the Hugo Cohen Gold Collection is located in the basement. The Hugo Cohen has some fine pieces but nothing awe-inspiring. The English in the brochure and in the translations of the Spanish on the walls is very good. It is so nice to be able to relax and just read, without having to try and figure out what is meant. However, there was not a label on any of the artifacts, not in any language. I am reasonably knowledgeable about artifacts in general but it would have been a help to know precisely what I was looking at, and for what and how some of the items were used. Also to which culture they belonged - I could guess but am not confident.

    We spent quite some time looking at the ‘pots’. There are some really fine ‘pots’ and they are set out in progressive cultures so that one can follow the changes and note the differences.

    There is also a ground floor section which captures Peru’s wealth of cultural diversity and reflects folk artist’s ability to transform utilitarian objects into artworks. It includes ceremonial textiles, pottery, furniture and jewelry from all regions of Peeru. Highlights included glazed pottery from the transition period from colonial rule to independence, miniature altarpieces (retablos), and natural pigment paintings on oje tree bark by the Bora of the Peruvian jungle.

    The art gallery on the top floor houses works by Peruvian painters, representing all schools and styles from early-republic painters such as Gil de Castro and Pancho Fierro (his lively and superbly executed drawings of Peruvian life - how I wish I could afford the book!!) to young contemporary artists (less said about them the better!). This floor is framed by the building’s original early 20th century iron structure.

    The whole building has been wonderfully adapted from a working bank into a museum. The ground floor/entrance hall has been left more or less intact, with the exhibits fitting in to the space allotted. The upper floors were where the bankers had their offices and for the most part this has been gutted to make one open space. However, the original lift has been retained - a real bankers lift, lined with wood and lots of brass fitments!!

    I thoroughly recommend this museum. Please take time to visit the whole museum, not just the gold collection. This latter is far outshone by the other collections.

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    Metropolitan Museum of Lima

    by hawkhead Updated Dec 9, 2013

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    Opened on 17th December, 2011, in the old Ministry of Communications building, this is the first museum in the world to be a complete audio/visual experience. Visit is by guided groups of 20-30 only. In Spanish only, although the group leader does speak excellent English and gave us a brief synopsis of each segment before it started. It would help if one knew just an outline of the history of Lima. Visit is divided into segments which relate the history of Lima from pre-historic to modern times, through the use of audio and visual and 3-D. Recommended for late primary-age and up. Not recommended for young children as a) they would not benefit and b) some sections are really frightening. We gave the visit a 8/10 but feel that once the tour is over, there should be the opportunity to look at leisure at more in the way of photos and other material. Loos are clean and modern but are at the beginning of the tour, and there are no facilities at the finish, so you would have to return to the start by going round the building on the outside. No cafe but I think this is planned. Entrance cost is S/.11 for adults, S/.6 for over 65s although we got an opening special of S/.4.

    Please note: written as of December 2013 - word is that this museum has not been maintained and as such the exhibits are not as they were when we visited in 2011.

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    Museum of Food

    by hawkhead Updated Dec 9, 2013

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    This is not the correct title - translated from Spanish it is more like the museum of the history of gastronomy and food. It opened recently, in November 2011. Free to enter. Excellent loos! Strongly recommended to give one an insight into the diversity of Peruvian food and the history of the country, the two of which are strongly linked. Will also enable you to identify some of the foods and their ingredients, as there are very good visuals.

    Entrance fee: S/.3 per person

    Used to be free but since February 2013, there is a charge. A bargain at S/.3

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    Museo de Oro del Peru

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Museo de Oro del Peru, the Gold Museum
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    The name of Museo de Oro del Peru means the Gold Museum, but it also contains collections of weapons/military items and textiles. The weapon collection is said to be the biggest of its kind in the world, and every inch of this section is covered with items… Here are some fascinating and cool items... The textile collection was closed due to restoration when we visited!

    The gold and silver collection is full of figures, jewellery, masks, wristbands, vases – and also a few mummies and other ancient artefacts. But there were some empty spots in the collection... It is because the museum had to remove many of its items when a big scandal broke out in 2001! A national committee declared that many of the gold and silver items at the Museo de Oro del Peru - perhaps 98% - were fakes! Today, the museum claims that all items on display are real, but there is still a cloud of doubt hanging over the exhibitions...

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    Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History

    by al2401 Updated Dec 4, 2011

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    Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History
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    The Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú is the largest and oldest state museum in Peru. There are more than 100,000 artifacts on display relating the course of history of human occupation in what is now Peru. Highlights include the Raimondi Stela and the Tello Obelisk from Chavín de Huantar, and an impressive scale model of the Inca citadel, Machu Picchu.

    Open:
    Tue to Sat 09.00 am to 05.00 pm, Sun and Holidays 09.00 am to 04.00 pm

    Entry fee:
    Adults: S/. 10
    Students: S/. 1
    Univ. Students: S/. 3

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    Larco Museum - storage area

    by al2401 Written Dec 2, 2011

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    The Larco Museum is famous for its huge storage area which is open for viewing by the public.

    Most museums usually have only a small proportion of the total of their artefacts on display at any one time. At the Larco Museum visitors can wander through the storage area and view the approximately 45,000 items that have been catalogued and stored.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)


    General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    Larco Museum - Erotic Pottery Display

    by al2401 Written Dec 2, 2011

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    Pre-Columbians seemed to have an intersting perspective on the act of intercourse and this is represented in their pottery. This is one of the permanent displays of the Larco Museum and is one of the most popular. The articles, while explicit, are not in my opinion distasteful and the display is well worth a visit. It is included in the entry ticket.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)


    General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    Larco Museum

    by al2401 Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    Museo Arqueol��gico Rafael Larco Herrera
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    Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera or the Larco Museum is a privately owned museum, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima. The museum is housed in an 18th century vice-royal mansion and is built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid. The exhibits cover 4,000 years of pre-Columbian art.

    As well as the pottery there is a Gold and Silver gallery and a separate and extremely popular display of erotic pottery.

    There is also a restaurant located in the gardens.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)


    General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    Museo Oro del Peru - Weapons Museum

    by al2401 Written Dec 1, 2011

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    Entry hall - Armas del Mundo
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    Armas del Mundo

    Two for the price of one. The entry to the museum complex entitles you to enter the weapons museum or 'Weapons of the World'.

    Since time began men has displayed their wealth through their weapons - jewelled sword hilts and scabbards and pearl handled pistols to name a few. This museum, on the ground floor of the building, has displays of weapons, armour and uniforms from all over the world and since ancient times and is definitely worth a visit.

    Opening Times
    Monday to Sunday - 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Closed
    1st January, 1st May, 28th July, 25th December.

    Entry
    Adults S/. 33.00
    Children under 11 S/. 16.00

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    Museo Oro del Peru - Gold Museum

    by al2401 Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    Main entrance - Museo Oro del Peru
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    The gold museum is spread over a number of rooms and holds many displays of gold and silver artefacts much of which is Pre-Inca. There are excellent examples of jewelry and ornaments, ceremonial armour and royal headresses as well as bejewelled goblets and plates.

    The rooms are in the lower level of the building behind a very thick vault-like door.
    there is a multilingual autoguide service available.

    Open ing Times
    Monday to Sunday - 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Closed
    1st January, 1st May, 28th July, 25th December.

    Entry
    Adults S/. 33.00
    Children under 11 S/. 16.00

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    Mueso de la nacion - national museum

    by tejanasueca Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a nice big museum giving you a nice overview of the Peruvian history. For those planning to explore Peru further, this will be a nice stop to get a historical background of this magnificant country. It is well done and definietly worth a visit.

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Friday 09.00-18:00
    Saturday, Sundays, and Holidays: 10.00 - 18.00
    The ticket office closes one hour before closing
    (Closed on Mondays, Easter Friday, 25th of December, January 1st, and May 1st)

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    National Archaeological Museum

    by JessieLang Updated Dec 30, 2010

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    The National Archaeological Museum is located in an 1815 house where Simon Bolivar, one of Peru’s liberators, may have lived for a while.

    Most of Peru’s history is pre-Inca—the Inca Empire lasted less than 100 years—and the Museum features a number of these earlier civilizations. About 7,000 years ago, they were semi-settled, and began to domesticate animals and grow some crops. By 5,000 years ago, they were totally settled and starting to build temples. Many civilizations developed during the Golden Age (0 to 800 A.D.)

    Photography (without flash) is allowed.
    Hours: 9-5, Tues.-Sat.; 9-4, Sunday. Admission: 10 Soles

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    Museo Rafael Larco Herrera

    by xxsentiaxx Written Jun 19, 2010

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    We only had one night in Lima before transiting to Cusco and our hotel manager suggested we visit the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera. We were very pleased with our visit as this is a small museum and there were very few people. We did not choose to hire a guide so we just spent a few hours browsing the museum on our own.
    There are three areas of this museum:
    1.) The storage area where they supposedly have the largest and most complete collection of pre-Columbian artefacts and relics in the world. There are so many pieces of pottery stacked from the floor to the ceiling that it gets a bit overwhelming and the pieces eventually started blending together.
    2.) The museum part, where they have exhibits of pottery, art, weapons, jewelry, etc from the Incas, Mochica, Nazca and Chimu people. This was very organized and presented in several different languages. I highly recommend this museum to get a good overview of Peruvian pre-Columbian history before exploring the ruins and other cities of Peru.
    3.) Separate from the rest of the museum is a small building containing erotic pottery. The pieces were entertaining and not vulgar but definitely give you a good idea what people were up to even in pre-Columbian times!

    There is a restaurant on property which has a delicious looking menu but we didn't eat there because we didn't have enough cash. It was closing up and they would not accept our credit cards.

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    Larco Museum - Storage area

    by JessieLang Written Aug 19, 2009

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    Rooms and rooms of it!

    The museum’s storage area is open to the public. Room after room was filled with floor to ceiling shelves of pottery—it is so big that it has to have “Exit” arrows on the walls. I asked a staff person how much was in there, and she said, “40,000 pieces.” They are grouped by style—some rooms were all Mochica faces; others were animals or birds.

    If you like pottery, take a walk through the storage rooms.

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