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Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa (Self Guided), Arequipa

Arequipa is a popular tourist destination in Peru. This charming city offers a variety of attractions, including fascinating museums and galleries. See everything from mummies and traditional art to historical artifacts and important archeological finds. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Arequipa's best museums and galleries.
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Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Tour of Arequipa
Guide Location: Peru » Arequipa (See other walking tours in Arequipa)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Archaeological Museum of the UNSA
  • Santuarios Andinos Museum
  • Archaeological Museum of the University of Santa Maria
  • Casa del Moral
  • Santa Catalina Gallery
  • Museo Histórico Municipal Guillermo Zegarra Meneses
  • Museum de la Recoleta
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Archaeological Museum of the UNSA

1) Archaeological Museum of the UNSA

Situated just a few minutes walking distance from Piaza de Armas, the Archaeological Museum of the UNSA (National University of San Agustin) attracts visitors with its fascinating collections of archeological objects. The items on display have been found by university-sponsored archeological excavations conducted over the last 35 years. Inca textiles, ceramic pieces from the Inca and Huari, pottery, Pre-Columbian stone and metal objects, Mantos mosaics and the skeletal remains of Inca human sacrifice subjects, as well as valuable gold and silver jewelry are all beautifully displayed in this museum.
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Santuarios Andinos Museum

2) Santuarios Andinos Museum (must see)

Museo Santuarios Andinos is one of the most popular museums in the city. The museum houses the famous Juanita mummy, whose story is full of tragedy and drama. Juanita was one of many children who were sacrificed by the Incas to please the God of the Mountains. She wasn’t just an ordinary girl but is believed to have been of royal blood. Here you can also see gold and silver pieces, traditional Peruvian textiles, intricate wood and stone carvings and other archeological artifacts found in the mountains surrounding the city.
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Archaeological Museum of the University of Santa Maria

3) Archaeological Museum of the University of Santa Maria

The Archeological Museum of the University of Santa Maria is located a few blocks away from Piaza de Armas. The museum houses about 1,000 items belonging to different pre-Hispanic cultural groups such as the Acari, Wari, Nazca, Inca and others. Here you can view works of stone, metal and wood, as well as ceramics, textiles and mummies.
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Casa del Moral

4) Casa del Moral (must see)

The "Casa del Moral" is a large ancestral house built around 1730. Favored by tourists, it is one of the best and well-preserved samples of baroque-mestizo civil architecture in Peru.

The name of the house derives from the emblematic presence of a centennial tree of "moras" in the center of the main patio of the large house. The Casa del Moral houses a collection of paintings from the "Escuela Cusqueña", a colonial art form. Its library contains more than 3,000 volumes, primarily hispanic literature. The recent restoration of the house was with the help of the Consul of England in Arequipa; the house is currently the property of the Peruvian bank Bancosur.

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Santa Catalina Gallery

5) Santa Catalina Gallery (must see)

Housed in Arequipa's important Santa Catalina Monastery, Santa Catalina Gallery is one of the largest art galleries in the city. The gallery exhibits fabulous collections of Peruvian paintings, as well as Inca, Spanish and Amerindian art. It houses Arequipa's largest collection of religious paintings and is considered one of the most important galleries in the city.
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Museo Histórico Municipal Guillermo Zegarra Meneses

6) Museo Histórico Municipal Guillermo Zegarra Meneses (must see)

Situated opposite San Francisco Church, Museo Histórico Municipal displays a variety of archeological pieces that have great historical value. The museum has several rooms with themed exhibits. These include the Pre-Hispanic Chamber that showcases objects belonging to the Wari Empire, the Vinatea Reynoso room that features satirical caricatures, and other rooms where you can view historic maps, traditional Peruvian artwork and other valuable artifacts.
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Museum de la Recoleta

7) Museum de la Recoleta (must see)

Museum de la Recoleta is located inside the Monasterio de la Recoleta. The museum is hugely popular with both tourists and locals. In several rooms of the museum you can see old masks, mummies, bone and stone toys from pre-Hispanic times, as well as a variety of souvenirs that have been collected from missionaries' travels. There is also a unique collection of 18th-century furniture and religious relics. One room of the museum features animal specimens, including giant anteaters, anacondas, butterflies and various species of birds. The museum's library contains a large collection of more than 20,000 books divided into different topical sections, such as Anatomy, Philosophy, Astrology and History.

Walking Tours in Arequipa, Peru

Create Your Own Walk in Arequipa

Create Your Own Walk in Arequipa

Creating your own self-guided walk in Arequipa 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.
Arequipa Religious Walk Tour

Arequipa Religious Walk Tour

Colonists from Spain brought to Peru and Arequipa the power of Catholicism, which is beautifully reflected today in the splendid architectural designs of Arequipa's numerous places of worship. Arequipa’s churches are among the most striking in Peru. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore the city's religious heritage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Daily Life Tour of Arequipa

Daily Life Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa is a vibrant city with streets full of life. The city's rich colonial past and colorful traditions make for a fun, exciting visit. The following walking tour will take you to Arequipa’s most popular local spots.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Arequipa Introduction Walk

Arequipa Introduction Walk

Capital of the eponymous region of Peru, Arequipa is a colonial-era city rich in architecture built of the volcanic stone provided by three neighboring volcanoes. The historic downtown area of Arequipa is dominated by Plaza de Armas complete with a plethora of ancient churches located nearby, of which the most notable is the 17th-century Basilica Cathedral. This orientation tour will walk you...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Cultural Tour of Arequipa

Cultural Tour of Arequipa

Arequipa's rich colonial past and unforgotten pre-Hispanic traditions make it a popular tourist destination. Full of grandeur and charm, the cultural sights of Arequipa are easily accessible by foot. The following self-guided tour will take you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles