Culture Guide

Lima is known for its rich historical and cultural past. Long before the Spaniards arrived several other cultures with highly advanced skills in construction, agriculture and arts settled the area of today's Lima. The Spanish colonist added to this legendary cultural legacy. Based on the model of Spanish cities, the "City of the Kings" arose and soon Lima became the political, economic, cultural and religious center of the Spanish colonies in South America. A completely different culture with European and Moorish influence mixed with the indigenous cultural and religious inheritance.

Everywhere visible in Lima is how these ancient cultures melted with modern factors. Amazing archaeological sites like the "Huacas" (Adobe pyramids) are spread over the city and are worth a visit. A must for every Lima visitor is the Historic City Center with amazing buildings, plazas and churches from Colonial times. Don't miss the numerous museums, displaying a huge variety of Lima's and Peru's culture from antique and traditional to modern and contemporary. Theatres, cinemas and Cultural Centers complete Lima's cultural scene.

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Peruvian Culture Museum

Museums in Lima
The museum of Peruvian Culture displays the most important public collection of handmade and ethnographic objects from colonial and republican times. Additionally you will find beautiful pre-Columbian pieces that show the historical, cultural and artistic development.

Graphic Museum El Peruano

Museums in Lima
Editora Peru, the publishing company of the official Peruvian daily "El Peruano", inaugurated the Graphic Museum El Peruano in 1999 in their head office in Lima. The museum shows the nearly 200 years spanning history of the oldest Peruvian newspaper, founded by Simon Bolivar in 1825.

The Police History Museum

Museums in Lima
The Police museum is located in a Colonial building near the Plaza Italia. Its mission is to collect all items related to the history of the Peruvian Police Force, to conserve and to exhibit these objects to make the general public aware of the richness of this cultural heritage.
Opened in 1989, the "Museo Conmemorativo de la Inmigración Japonesa" preserves, investigates and spreads the past and present history of Japanese immigrants and their progeny in Lima. The Museum displays an important collection of historical documents, photos and other pieces concerning the first Japanese immigrants.
The aim of the "Museum of Identification" is to make people aware of the importance of identification and the uniqueness of each person (in Peru around one million people live without being registered and therefore without legal documents!).
Founded in December 2005 the Electoral Museum takes you on a journey through the electoral past and the history of democracy in Peru. The museum displays invaluable objects dating back to 1828.
The museum aims to make the general public aware of the work and achieved successes of the DIRINCRI fighting organized crime.

Aeronautical Museum

Museums in Lima
The Aeronautical Museum is located on the Air Force Base "Las Palmas" and occupies the building that for over 50 years was the headquarters of the School for the Peruvian Air Force Officers. The museum not "just" displays the aviation history of Peru, but describes as well the myth of flying and the desires and the worries of men who wanted to g...

The Abtao Submarine Museum

Museums in Lima
The submarine Abtao served 48 years in the Peruvian Navy. In 1998 Abtao was decommissioned and became the first floating museum in Latin America. Being inside a submarine is for us landlubbers always exciting, but visiting the Abtao is much more than that. A special sound and vibration system combined with a "real" command post and other gadgets...

The Naval Museum

Museums in Lima
The significance and magnitude of the Peruvian Navy finds a place of permanent memory and recognition in the "Naval Museum". The fascinating naval and maritime history of Peru is shown with archaeological testimonies, personal objects of war heroes, ship models, instruments for navigation, photos, paintings, jewellery, sculptures and documents. ...
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