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National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History

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Address: Plaza Bolivar s/n Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: +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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Early Civilizations in Peru

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Georgetown, Texas
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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was much to admire in this museum, but it is not as easy to follow or to interpret as the nearby Museo Larco. Some signage is also in English, but for the most part exhibits are in Spanish. The museum is divided into various periods/cultures in Peru's history, but directions and chronology are not well laid out for visitors.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Museum displays a well curated, magnificent collection of art and objects covering all of the great Peruvian pre-colombian cultures and some elements of Peruvian history, in a pleasant setting with exposition rooms connected by open spaces. It is also not far from the similarly marvelous Museu Larco, so it is feasible to visit the two related collections in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

It is the oldest Peruvian museum (and research center) with the largest collections of prehispanic artifacts. It is housed in two buildings resembling two adjacent cloisters sharing one side. One courtyard leads to rooms where the prehispanic collections are kept, including a basement vault with delicate silver and gold artifacts. The second courtyard leads to the historical home of Bolivar,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We were brought here on our tour, so our guide gave us a good explanation of the myriad of ceramics, gold and silver artifacts, and textiles on display. It's surprising to see how many different ancient cultures arose in Peru. Without our guide, I don't think I would have learned and understood as much, as the labels on the displays... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Museum explains the history of Peru starting with the Stone Age up to the 90s. The musuem givey an overview, but sometimes it's no explained very well, but it's still worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is a very good museum, some areas better than the other, but in general visitors will see a lot of good artefacts and information, the sectors of ancient Peruvian history are particularly well done with good flow and information shared. Inside the museum, you can access a colonial house that was central for the war of independence in Peru,... More 

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