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National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History

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Address: Plaza Bolivar s/n Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
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+51 1 4635070
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The extensive archaeological collection in this museum includes more than...

The extensive archaeological collection in this museum includes more than 100,000 items from pre-Hispanic cultures including ceramics, metals, funeral offerings and carved stone figures.

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A well organized museum

This museum gives you a good sense of the early history of Peru- the Precolombian civilizations which you can follow from the earliest until the Incas- which were the latest.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Lima, Peru
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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum gives you a good sense of the early history of Peru- the Precolombian civilizations which you can follow from the earliest until the Incas- which were the latest.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love history, this is the place for you. Its location and size are incredible and it is very easy to get to from any area in Lima. Go there early as it closes at 4:00 pm on Fridays.

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a great one. Get a guide, they are very helpful and you will enjoy learning about the Inca and Pre Inca culture of Peru. Nice cafeteria, a little on the expensive side, but nice garden location.

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Nazareth, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only the site of Caral is absent from this excellent overview of Peru's cultures. Great collection of artifacts that reveal depths of information on each of Peru's ancient cultures.

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

- Full of history museum. - Not a mandatory to visit if you have a limited time stay in Lima. - Not well organized.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Not the most well laid out museum so it helps to take on some of the volunteer guides! Helps them practice English whilst you practice some Spanish!

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This museum is an excellent start to your Peruvian adventure and will help you understand the evolution of the many civilizations that led to the last, the Incas.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

The expositions are not so well made, but it is still interesting to see how Peruvians see their history. The pre-columbian part is nice.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

This is a pretty nice pre Inca museum. Housed in an older building with a simple layout with some very nice pieces of art and pottery. Some nice exhibits to help bring to life the idea of what it may have been like etc. 4 star activitie.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Both museums are within a 15 minute or less walk from each other. People who are 60 years and over have a reduced admission of only 5 soles. About half of the exhibits are in English as well which was greatly appreciated. There are exhibits of Moche ceramics, Chimu gold which is downstairs, tapestries, mummy exhibits and portraits. It was... More 

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