Museums in Lima

Museums in Lima

Lima is one of the most interesting and challenging cities in South America with a huge archaeological, historical and cultural past. Long before the Common Era until the arrival of the Spaniards numerous highly advanced cultures settled the area of today's Lima. Even nowadays they amaze us with their complex skills in construction, agriculture and arts. The Spanish colonists added to this legendary cultural legacy. This completely different culture with European and Moorish influences are mixed with the indigenous cultural and religious inheritance. In the last couple of hundred years immigrants from Africa and Asia added their part.

The fusion of so many different cultures and traditions makes Lima to what it is today. A reflection of this complexity can be found in an incredible number of museums spread around the city. They display the richness and diverse facets of Lima's and Peru's culture. There is something for everyone: archaeological, cultural and historical museums, art and popular art museums, museums dedicated to famous Peruvian personalities, technology and military museums, natural history and earth science museums and many others.

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Vintage Cars Museum Nicolini

The Museum of Jorge Nicolini shows you the most important exhibition of vintage cars in Peru and South America. The 120 cars, manufactured between 1901 and 1973, have all been restored in the Museums workshop and are now in a perfect running condition. You will find rarities like a Boyer (1901), a Clement (1903), Stutz BB (1928) and many more unique cars.

Museum Ricardo Palma

The "Museo Casa Ricardo Palma" resides in the house in Miraflores, where Ricardo Palma lived for a long time. Furniture and personal belongings of the famous author and scholar are still there. Ricardo Palma lived an active life as a naval officer, journalist, and politician before gaining fame as a historian. Palma is noted for creating the literary genre called tradición, a combination of fiction and history that forms some kind of historical anecdote.

Gold of Peru - Weapons of the World Museum

The museums "Gold of Peru" and "Weapons of the World" were founded by Miguel Mujica Gallo in 1968. In both museums are more than 25,000 pieces exhibited. Inside the gardens that surround the museums is a boulevard of craft stores, jeweller’s, textile vendors and Peruvian souvenir shops. The Museum "Weapons of the World" exhibits more than 20,000 pieces from all over the world, including various weapons, horse mountings, uniforms, etc.

Museum in the Convent of the Descalzos

Located at the end of a once elegant avenue in Rimac at the foot of San Cristobal, the Convento de Los Descalzos, the Convent of the Barefoot Friars, was founded in 1595 as a place of spiritual retreat surrounded by fields and vineyards. Even though today it's right in the middle of sprawling and hectic Lima, the Convent still is a tranquil and relaxing refuge. Since the 1980s the convent houses an impressive museum displaying three centuries of religious art.

Interactive Imagination Museum

Modernized and expanded in 2012 the Parque de la Imaginacion is an interactive "Museum" of Science and Technology. The Imagination Park brought together a nice collection of educational instruments and phenomena allowing the visitors to learn by doing and experiment in areas like electricity, energy, mechanics, science and illusion.

Military History Museum Real Felipe

The fortress Real Felipe, built over 250 years ago to defend the Peruvian coast and the harbour of Callao, is the biggest and most impressive of all fortresses the Spanish crown erected overseas. Inside its walls, hallways and towers a piece of Peruvian history has survived. Since 1984 the fortress houses the museum of the Peruvian army.

Italian Art Museum

The Italian Art Museum was donated in 1921 to Peru for its centenary of independence by the Italian residents. Located in a beautiful building designed by the Milanese architect Gaetano Moretti, the museum exhibits magnificent examples of Italian Art from the 20th century. The collection includes sculptures, paintings, engravings, drawings and ceramics from 125 artists.

The Bullfight Museum

The "Bullfighting Museum" is located at the traditional Plaza de Acho. It shows paintings, photos, bills, the traditional dresses of the toreros, swords and other weapons. Additional you will find a library that contains documents and books related to the history of bullfighting (The oldest one is from 1920).

Museum Miguel Grau

The museum is dedicated to the famous and well-known Peruvian Navy Admiral Miguel Grau who fought in the War of the Pacific. The Casa Miguel Grau displays a collection of photos, clothing, furniture and personal belongings of the "Caballero de los Mares" (the "Gentleman of the Seas"). Additionally there are many old documents of the Peruvian Navy in the exhibition.

Museum Pedro de Osma

Located in the old and traditional district of Barranco, is the Museum Pedro de Osma. The Museum has one of the best painting collections in Peru with pieces dating back to the 16th century. The paintings from well-known artists are on linen cloth, metal, wood, glass and leather. Antique pieces of furniture, silver, sculptures and textiles are as well part of the collection.

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.

Municipal Art Gallery Ignacio Merino

The "Pinacoteca Municipal Ignacio Merino" exhibits one of the most important Peruvian art collections of the country. On display are nearly 600 works from the 19th and 20th century, which show the variety and different artistic facets of Peruvian painters. The pinacotheca is proud to present its visitors paintings of the famous Pancho Fierro, Jose Sabogal, Juan Manuel Ugarte Elespuru, Fernando de Szyszlo and others.

Museum José Carlos Mariátegui

The "Museum José Carlos Mariátegui" is located in the famous "Casa de Washington Izquierda". Here the grand Peruvian writer and author spent his last five and most productive years. The exhibit brings visitors close to the life of José Carlos Mariátegui and displays furniture, documents and personal objects.

Museum of Art and Popular Tradition

Housed in the Casa Riva-Agüero the Museum of Art and Popular Tradition was opened on the 25th of October 1979 with donations of some of the most important and significant art collectors in Peru like Mildred Merino de Zela, Mariano Benítes and Gertrud de Solari to name a few. The museum displays around 7000 art objects collected with dedication and expertise. The quality and uniqueness of the exhibits not only amazes the interested public, but also ethnologist and historians.

Museum Enrico Poli

Enrico Poli has gathered one of the most impressive private collections of archeological objects of Inca and other pre-Columbian cultures as well as colonial art in Peru. Displayed are fantastic ceramics, gold and silver pieces, paintings and wooden sculptures. This museum (basically his house) is really worth a visit.

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