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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National School of Fine Arts

Historical Buildings
This beautiful preserved convent from 1603, used to be the "Centro de Estudios del Real Colegio Secular de los Agustinos de San Ildefonso" and the "Convent de las Monjas Recogidas" (the Convent of the "Quiet Nuns"). In September 1918 the "Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes" (School of the Beaux-Arts) was founded and after five months of restoratio...

The Amano Museum

Museums in Lima
Founded by Yoshitaro Amano the Museum Amano most probably displays the best collection of textiles and ceramics of the Chancay culture. Additionally a large number of mainly ceramics belonging to the Kotosh, Moche, Chimu, Cunispique and Nazca culture are exhibited.

House of the Money

Historical Buildings
In April 1561 Diego Lopez de Zuñiga asked the Spanish Crown for the authorization to establish a "currency house" in Lima to bring order to the various currencies issued in the country. The permission for unified silver coins was granted by Felipe II in August 1565. The production began almost immediately in the Government Palace and other place...
The museum was housed in the Central Post Office in Lima and showed a lot of diverse material somehow related to the Peruvian postal history. Unfortunately the Postal and Philatec Museum was closed in 2010 and until now it's unkown if it will be reopend again in another location.

Justice Palace

Historical Buildings
The Justice Palace is a building characteristic for Lima’s modernization and remodeling process at the beginning of the 20th century. Inspired by the Justice Palace in Brussels, though much smaller and lacking the dome, works for the neo classical structure started in 1929 and were finished in 1938. Strategically located at the "entrance" to Lim...

The Electricity Museum

Museums in Lima
The nice and small museum is dedicated entirely to the history and development of electricity in Peru. The main subjects are: Pioneers, power generation, energy sources, the impact of electricity on daily life, energy saving and finally the history of electrical trains in Lima. You will find a historical archive about electricity companies and a...
Located in the traditional Casa O'Higgins in the historical center of Lima the Archaeological Museum Josefina Ramos Cox preserves the pre-Hispanic history. The main collection includes objects recovered from the Archaeological Complex of Maranga including amazing ceramics, mate vessels, textiles and many other interesting archaeological findings.

The Oil Museum

Museums in Lima
The Museo de Petroleo (Oil Museum) is located in the Parque de las Leyendas. The small museum offers an educational exhibition about the process of exploration, exploitation and the transforming of oil and its derivatives.
The Institute of Neurological Science (INCN) in Lima houses the only "Brain Museum" in Latin America. The magnificent and amazing collection contains over 3000 samples from which around 300 are on permanent display, including brains with diverse cerebral injuries or abnormalities and fetuses, a unique assortment of pathological microphotographs ...
The museum provides a space where you can see and learn more about the "human and cultural side" of the Amazonian region in Peru. Displayed are more than 1000 objects including textiles of all kinds, masks, musical instruments, ceramics, vessels, armaments and much more. The main aim of the museum is to bring close the Amazon region by showing t...
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