National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History, Lima

National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History, Lima (must see)

Perhaps the oldest and the largest museum in Peru, the National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology and History was established in 1826. It is found on Plaza Bolívar in the Pueblo Libre district of Lima.

The archeological collection is very comprehensive and contains over 100,000 artifacts, among which are exhibits from the cultures predating the Inca civilization, such as the Chavin, Moche, Paracas, Nasca, Chimu and many others. In the Tawantisuyu Room, the history of the Inca civilization is presented in a variety of virtual models.

The museum also features the Tello Obelisk and the Raimondi Stele, the famous stone monuments dating back thousands of years before Christ. The Raimondi Stele is named after Antonio Raimondi, the Italian geographer who discovered it.

Also on display are textiles, tools, metals and salvage fragments, as well as funeral offerings aged over 3,000 years. Objects belonging to the Colonial periods are also exhibited. There are close to 11,000 pieces of copper, silver and gold, illustrating the development of metallurgy, from the Formative period until the time of the Inca Empire. Part of the collection form unique pieces such as Paracas ornaments. You will be amazed by the wide range of archeological findings and artifacts from so many different cultures that are available. A visit to the National Museum offers a deep insight into the history of Peru.

Why You Should Visit:
To get acquainted with the Peruvian heritage and history; for a fee, you get a one-hour private tour with a passionate tour guide.
The museum shares a small park with the City Hall and many antique buildings and restaurants are scattered over a several block area.

Tip:
If possible, leave time for lunch, cocktails or dinner in this neighborhood – it is very upscale and funky and inviting. Not that touristy either, so no beggars or people selling things, etc.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:45am-5pm (last entry: 4:30pm)

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Sight Name: National Museum of Archeology, Anthropology & History
Sight Location: Lima, Peru
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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