Mineral Museum Andrés del Castillo

Mineral Museum Andrés del CastilloMineral Museum Andrés del Castillo
Museo de Minerales Andrés del Castillo

Mineral Museum Andrés del Castillo

The Museum Andres del Castillo was inaugurated in November 2008. It’s housed in the recently restored Casa Belen, an historic mansion which origins go back to the 17th century. The museum displays mainly a unique collection of crystallized minerals from Peru, interesting pieces of the Chancay Culture, antique Peruvian textiles from different cultures and prehispanic utensils for yarning and weaving.

The first records of the 'Casa Belen' are from around 1606. Like most historical buildings in Lima the Belen house had to be renovated and even rebuilt several times. After being abandoned for many years, the Andres del Castillo Foundation under its president Guido del Castillo bought the decayed old mansion in 2006. In memory of his son Andrés del Castillo Rey, a mining engineering student who tragically died in 2006 only aged 26, the Casa Belen should become a house of science, history and culture and bear his name. A meticulous restoration began and finally in 2008 the Republican style mansion shone in new splendor and was transformed to the Andres del Castillo Museum.

The museum displays the private collection of the del Castillo family divided in 4 areas: minerals, Chancay ceramics, ancient clothing and Casa Belen.

Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo

The Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo displays the private collection of the del Castillo family. One area of the exhibition is dedicated to a vaste collection of unique crystallized Peruvian minerals including micro minerals, cabinet specimen and amazing museum pieces.

Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo

One of the numerous spectacular pieces you can find in the Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo housed in the Casa Belen in Lima's City Center.

Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo - Chancay exhibition

The exhibition of various Chancay pieces in the Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo presents perfectly preserved ceramics.

Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo - Textiles

One part of the exhibition in the Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo is dedicated to pre-Hispanic clothing. You find remarkable textiles including clothes, shoes and hats.

Mineral Museum Andres del Castillo - Casa Belen

One part of the exhibition is reserved for the beautifully restored Casa Belen, in which the Andres del Castillo Museum is housed. Here the history of the Belen House, the architecture and the latest restoration is brought to your attention.

As the enormous variety of crystallized minerals in the Andes made Peru to one of the richest countries in the world for minerals, the mineral collection containing unique crystallized Peruvian pieces, from micro minerals, cabinet specimens to amazing museum pieces is extraordinary. The Chancay exhibitions presents perfectly preserved ceramics including great antropomorphic sculptures. The third area is dedicated to pre-Hispanic  clothing. On display are various remarkable textiles including clothes, robes, belts, shoes and hats made and used by ancient Peruvians. One exhibition is reserved for the beautifully restored mansion the Andres del Castillo Museum is housed in. Here the history of the Casa Belen, the architecture and latest restoration is explained.

General Info

Street: Jr. de la Union 1030
Info: Casa Belen
District: City Center
City: Lima
Region: Lima
Phone: (+511) 433-2831

Visitors Details

Opening Hours: Wed to Mon 09.00 am to 06.00 pm
Entrance Fees: Adults: S/. 10, Students: S/. 5

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