Lima Museums, Lima

The capital of Peru is Lima. The city has a rich history of pre-Columbian heritage as well as a former oasis for American Indian culture. In 1535, the area was conquered by Francisco Pizarro - a Spanish conquistador - and officially became known as Lima.
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Guide Name: Lima Museums
Guide Location: Peru » Lima (See other walking tours in Lima)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: vickyc
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Convent and Museum of San Francisco

1) Convent and Museum of San Francisco (must see)

The St. Francis Monastery, one of the key landmarks of Peruvian capital Lima, is known locally as Convento De San Francisco. The complex includes Iglesias De San Francisco (the church of Saint Francis), as well as catacombs and a library. Although the church was sanctified in 1673, it wasn't finished until 1774, by which time it had survived two earthquakes: one in 1687 and the other in 1746. The church was also badly damaged in the earthquake of 1970.

Apart from being a renowned place...   view more
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Inquisition Museum

2) Inquisition Museum

The Inquisition Museum is one of the best maintained and most often visited museums in Peru. It sits on Bolivar Plaza in Lima and is housed in the old building of the Peruvian Congress and National Senate. The building is now considered a site of national importance and was opened to the public on July 26th 1968.

It was from here that the Spanish Inquisition was run between 1570 and 1820. In addition to paying homage to the Peruvian Congress, the museum missions to preserve and to pass down...   view more
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Banco Central del Perú Museum

3) Banco Central del Perú Museum

Lima is a very rich city in both cultural and historical senses. Its legacy is preserved by many institutions, including the Banco Central del Peru Museum. This museum is situated in the center of the city, across Plaza de Armas, on the corner of Ucayil and Lampa streets, and is housed in the former Central Bank edifice. Although founded in 1980, the museum opened its doors to the public only in 1982.

It holds a diverse collection of beautiful artifacts belonging to the pre-Columbian era:...   view more
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Museum of Italian Art

4) Museum of Italian Art

The Museum of Italian Art is the only museum of European arts in Peru. Inaugurated in 1923, it is administered by the National Culture Institute and is located near Paseo de la Republica 250, in front of Parque de la Exposicion, in the center of Lima.

The museum is a gift from the Italian community of Peru, made on the occasion of the hundred year anniversary of the country's independence. The collection comprises mainly 20th century paintings and sculptures - a mix of classical and...   view more
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Lima Art Museum

5) Lima Art Museum (must see)

When in Lima, be sure not to miss the Lima Art Museum, locally known as Museo de Arte de Lima. This museum showcases the cultural richness of the Peruvian people, manifested in the variety of works created by artists of the past and present.

As you approach the museum, you will marvel at the stately edifice that houses almost three thousand years of Peruvian art embodied in a huge collection of artifacts - from textiles, relics and ceramics of the pre-Columbian era to the wonderful selection...   view more

Walking Tours in Lima, Peru

Create Your Own Walk in Lima

Create Your Own Walk in Lima

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lima is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lima: Exploring Miraflores

Lima: Exploring Miraflores

Miraflores is the most attractive district for tourists in all of Lima. The district offers phenomenal views of the ocean, as well as amazing seashore restaurants, shops, parks, and interesting archaeological sites.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Lima, the capital of Peru, is a huge, thriving metropolis established by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. The carefully preserved city center has retained much of its original colonial character set in the stones of numerous Baroque and Renaissance cathedrals, colonial mansions and palaces, many of which are included in this city orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Miraflores Souvenir Shopping

Miraflores Souvenir Shopping

Tourists will indulge themselves in a number of traditional items from across Peru when shopping in Lima. Miraflores, a district in Lima, attracts a large number of tourists each year due to its abundance of shops. The markets range from boutiques, artisan markets, antique shops, jewelry, and clothes. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lima, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
The Romance of Lima

The Romance of Lima

Located on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Lima makes it the ideal place for a couple to spend some memorable time together. Tourists may walk along the beaches, visit the park of lovers, and/or spend an evening in a restaurant with beautiful view of the sea.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Lima without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lima, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
Cultural Tour of Lima

Cultural Tour of Lima

Lima is renown for its various mysteries and places of high cultural value. This tour will take you for a walk around charming Pueblo Libre district and its most interesting attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km

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