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    We went to Peru to Lima!!

    by SergioP9 Written Feb 9, 2015

    After saving all year, we could do with a friend of laburo the trip we always wanted. We went to Peru to Lima. We met amazing places and quite unknown sites around. We went by plane from the airport of Ezeiza. We flew Aerolineas Argentinas, the flight was on time and everything in order! We arrived in the morning and went to the hotel by taxi to the city. The food is cheap and delicious place. Very friendly and fun people, at night the place is transformed and the city comes even more alive! Fully recommend the trip to do with friends or family. We had gorgeous weather, thank God. Incredibly we put the batteries and met some museums !! A greeting!

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  • The Gold Museum Lima

    by danielasb Written Nov 20, 2014

    I was very disappointed, although the collection is very interesting, and unique. There was almost no information about the pieces, or when there was, it was extremely poor and meaningless (''plate'' does not mean anything - I can see it is a plate - but who did it? when?). You can take an ''audio'' if you want information about the collection, for which you would have to pay another 30% of the ticket. Actually, if they were fair with the tourists, they would include that in the original price of the ticket, and admit the cost is actually 43 soles - when the most expensive and interesting other museums in Lima are 30 soles - because without that ''audio'' you don't have any information anyway, and the visit is compromised. Photographs are not permitted, and it was frustrating, because at the entrance on the premises I was told I could take my camera - and it was only later that they told me I could take photos outside the museum only - but why would I do that? - there was nothing special outside. I could hardly find anybody that would speak English. When eventually somebody that would understand me was called, he informed me ''the owner doesn't want to hear any complaints'', and asked me from where I was and reminded me that ''Canada is a rich country'' when I told him the price of the ticket did not justify the service offered, despite the very interesting collection. I found the museum very expensive considering the way I was treated, and it is also very far from all other touristic attractions (take into consideration to the cost another 40 soles if you don't want to take the bus - which is time-consuming - and you take a taxi to reach the museum and come back in the city). I would not recommend the Gold Museum in Lima to other tourists. The National Reserve museum in the historical center has a very beautiful gold section, and it was free. There are lots of other museums in Lima, full of unique pieces, and where you are treated with respect.

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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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    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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    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

    Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History Raimondi Stela - Museum of Archaeology Raimondi Stela - Museum of Archaeology Ancient Peruvian counting system pottery - Museum of Archaeology
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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 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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    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

    Entry hall - Armas del Mundo Main gate - Museo Oro del Peru Armas del Mundo Armour - Armas del Mundo
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    Museo Oro del Peru - Gold Museum

    by al2401 Updated Dec 1, 2011

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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

    Main entrance - Museo Oro del Peru Museo Oro del Peru Gold artefacts - Museo Oro del Peru Ceremonial armour - Museo Oro del Peru Silver artefacts - Museo Oro del Peru
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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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    Nov 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Wow! That's a lot of museums. It would take several days to visit all of them, It would probably take the entire day just to explore the Larco Museum thoroughly.

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