Write a comment
Ernst Middendorf Museum located in the Parque de las Leyendas in Lima

Archaeological Museum Ernst Middendorf

Museo de Sitio Ernst W. Middendorf

Av. Parque de las Leyendas block 5
  • San Miguel
City (Peru)
Phone Number

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.

Over time, different cultures occupied the complexes, added constructions and expanded them to the glorious city of Maranga in 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.

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 exhibits not only 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.


Swap Start/End
Say something here...
characters left
or post as a guest
All comments MUST be in English and will be moderated before publishing.
They will appear below within 24 hours.
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Peru Newsflash

Peru Event Calendar

Latest Content...

Latest Video

Maria Reiche - Memories

Maria Reiche - Memories

Submitted by: Tintin
05 December 2021

Long Reads...

  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The Mystery of the Nazca Lines in Peru

    In the 1920s, when people first flew across southern Peru, they made an astonishing discovery. Stretching below them,…
  • Peruvian Personalities & Founders

    Francisco Pizarro González (1474-1541)

    Francisco Pizarro, a peasant from Spain, was one of the least well-equipped conquerors in history. However, in the name…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The colorful Fabrics and Textiles of Peru

    Europe’s first knowledge of Peruvian textiles was acquired following the Spanish invasion of Peru in 1532, when the…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    The Jeweled Frog and the Condor

    By a quiet pond, at the side of a cloud-topped mountain in Peru, lived a small green frog and his large green family.…
  • Peru Info

    Peruvian Economy

    The Peruvian economy is an emerging, social market economy highly dependent on foreign trade and classified as an upper…