Archaeological Museum Ernst Middendorf

Archaeological Museum Ernst MiddendorfArchaeological Museum Ernst Middendorf
Museo de Sitio Ernst W. Middendorf

Archaeological Museum Ernst Middendorf

The Archaeological Museum Ernst W. Middendorf, named after the great German doctor and pioneer of archaeological investigations in Peru, is located inside the Parque de las Leyendas and surrounded by an area of high historical and archaeological value. Already over 2000 years ago, the first "limeños" started building pyramids, temples and dwellings on these grounds.

Ernst Middendorf Museum, Lima

The Archaeological Museum Ernst W. Middendorf, named after the great German doctor and pioneer of archaeological investigations in Peru, is located inside the Parque de las Leyendas.

Ernst Middendorf Museum, Lima

Map of the Middendorf Museum in Lima

Museo Ernst W. Middendorf in Lima

Memorial Plaque at the entrance of the Archaeological Ernst W. Middendorf Museum 

Ernst Middendorf Museum - Maranga Complex, Lima

The small-scale modell shows the extention of the ancient City of Marange

Ernst Middendorf Museum - Lord of Sipan, Lima

Copy of the famous Lord of Sipan (Señor de Sipan) and his entourage displayed at the Archaeological Museum Ernst Middendorf

Over the time different cultures occupied the complexes, added constructions and expanded them to the glorious city of Maranga in the area of today's districts of Cercado de Lima (central Lima), Pueblo Libre and San Miguel. After the arrival of the Spaniards the complex was abandoned and nearly forgotten. Due to neglect, ignorance and urban growth many ancient constructions were destroyed. But luckily a few are left that are being investigated and preserved. Within the Archaeological Complex Maranga are 53 of these ancient buildings that are invaluable relics of the pre-Hispanic culture.

Ernst Middendorf Museum - mummy, Lima

Ancient mummy unearthed at the pre-hispanic City of Maranga 

Ernst Middendorf Museum - archaeological vessels, Lima

Pre-Hispanic vessels displayed at the Ernst Middendorf Museum in Lima

Ernst Middendorf Museum, Lima

Ancient ceramics excavated at the archaeological complex Marange are today exhibited at the on-site Ernst Middendorf Museum

Ernst Middendorf Museum, Lima

Ernst W. Middendorf Museum located at the Parque de las Leyendas, Lima

Ernst Middendorf Museum, Lima

The main aim of the Ernst Middendorf Museum is the protection of the legacy of the Maranga culture

The aim of the Museo de Sitio Ernst W. Middendorf (opened in January 2003), is to investigate, preserve, restore and protect the legacy of the Maranga for future generations and to increase the knowledge about and the awareness of this important cultural patrimony. The museum does not only exhibit interesting artifacts and mummies found in the different religious and ceremonial centers but as well explains the development of the area with its different cultures. Additionally the small museum offers educational programs like archaeological workshops for kids and workshops about preservation and restoration.

General Info

Street: Av. Parque de las Leyendas block 5
Info: Parque de las Leyendas, behind Huaca Cruz Blanca
District: San Miguel
City: Lima
Region: Lima
Phone: 719-2878

Visitors Details

Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 10.00 am to 05.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Free

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