Right in the middle of the historic center you find another beautiful preserved Colonial mansion: The Casa Miguel Grau. Built in the last years of the 17th century the house was occupied by Don Gaspar Osma y Tricio, later by the Peruvian writer José de la Riva Agüero y Osma. In 1867 the famous Peruvian Navy Admiral Miguel Grau lived here until his death during the Pacific War in 1879. Today the old mansion house the Miguel Grau Museum.
Today the old Colonial mansion where Miguel Grau lived houses a museum dedicated to him. It is beautifully decorated with authentic furniture and personal belongings of the "Gentleman of the Seas". Here the living room.
Since 1984 the Museum Casa Miguel Grau resides in the mansion of the 17th century where Miguel Grau spend his last 10 years before his death in 1897. The museum displays a collection of photos, clothing, furniture and personal belongings of Miguel Grau and many old documents from the Peruvian Navy. Here the dining room.
Wooden stairs lead to the second floor.
The Huascar, a small armoured turret ship, was under the command of Admiral Miguel Grau during the War of the Pacific. On 8 October 1879, Huáscar was captured by the Chilean Navy at the Battle of Angamos, during which Admiral Grau and 32 men of the crew were killed.
Miguel Grau at his desk
Even after being the home to many families, housing shops and a restaurant the original architectural style survived. Since 1984 the Museo Casa Miguel Grau resides in the mansion. It was opened by the Peruvian Navy to honor the life and work of the "Caballero de los Mares" (the Gentleman of the Seas) and his family. The museum displays a collection of photos, clothing, furniture and personal belongings of Miguel Grau and many old documents from the Peruvian Navy.