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Must-See Museums in Lima

By Viator, February 2018

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From the colonial grandeur of the Plaza de Armas to its pre-Columbian huacas (ruins, often tombs), Lima serves up a melting pot of Peruvian culture and history, but the city’s proud heritage is also on display at its many museums. Here are some of the best.

Lima’s many museums showcase Peruvian culture and history with pride and prestige. Beyond the capital’s other don’t miss cultural attractions, including its pre-Columbian huacas (ruins, often tombs) and the grand Plaza de Armas, here are some of the best museums in which to explore the city’s rich heritage.

Larco Museum (Museo Larco)
The Larco Museum (Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera), one of the city’s most famous, is set in a magnificent 18th-century mansion that today houses a vast assemblage of pre-Columbian artifacts and ancient ceramics, including the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. Combine your visit to the Larco Museum with a city sightseeing tour, dinner, or a guided visit to the Magic Water Circuit sound and light show within Lima’s Park of the Reserve (Parque de la Reserva).

Osma Museum (Museo Pedro de Osma)
Set in an exquisite beaux-arts mansion, the Osma Museum showcases one of the world’s top collections of colonial furniture, housewares, and silver, with pieces dating back to the 16th century, plus lovely Peruvian paintings from the same time period. Visit the museum as part of a tour through the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco.

Gold of Peru Museum (Museo del Oro)
Among the most mesmerizing museum collections in Lima is the Gold of Peru Museum’s glittering display of pre-Inca and Inca gold, silver, and brass. Some 8,000 pieces highlight Nazca, Icna, Vicus, and Moche cultures. Combine your museum visit with a stop at the nearby Arms of the World Museum (Museo Armas del Mundo). Here you can admire one of the most comprehensive weapons collections in South America, comprising approximately 20,000 weapons from various time periods and regions across the globe.

Lima Art Museum (Museo de Arte de Lima)
Nicknamed MALI, the Lima Art Museum sits within a recently renovated beaux-arts building, and its collection highlights fine art from the pre-Columbian to contemporary periods. The 17,000 pieces represent more than 3,000 years of art history, making it a must-see for art lovers visiting the Peruvian capital.

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Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner, Lima, null
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Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

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Experience one of Lima’s top museums at night! This evening out includes a guided tour of the fascinating Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artifacts like ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99
Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour, Lima, Night Tours
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Larco Museum and Magic Water Circuit Evening Tour

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Experience two of Lima's top attractions on this evening tour. With your guide, first visit the Larco Museum (Museo Larco) to learn about pre-Columbian culture ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99
Private Tour: Historic Lima and Larco Museum, Lima, Night Tours
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Private Tour: Historic Lima and Larco Museum

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If you enjoy architecture and history and are limited on time, this is the tour for you! From grand plazas, palaces and cathedrals to unique pre-Colombian ...  Read more

Location: Lima District, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
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Larco Museum Admission Ticket

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Get a glimpse into 5,000 years of Peruvian history with an admission ticket to Lima's Larco Museum. Located inside an 18th-century colonial mansion, this ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $12.50
Small-Group Huacas and Larco Museum by Night Including Dinner, Lima, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Small-Group Huacas and Larco Museum by Night Including Dinner

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Enjoy a night in Lima by enriching yourself with the millenarian history of this city. Visit Huaca Pucllana and Huaca Huallamarca and then admire the wonderful ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Museo del Oro and Armas del Mundo Admission Tickets from Lima, Lima, Night Tours
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Museo del Oro and Armas del Mundo Admission Tickets from Lima

If you’re a history buff, then no visit to Lima is complete without checking out Museo del Oro (Gold Museum) and the Museo de las Armas del Mundo. Guarantee ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 1 to 2 hrs

From USD $10.50
Private Top Lima Musuems Tour, Lima, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Private Top Lima Musuems Tour

Spend some hours in Lima visiting two of the best museums of Perú , full of history, local tips, culture and archaeological pieces. The Larco Museum and ...  Read more

Location: Lima District, Peru
Duration: 3 to 4 hrs

From USD $47.99
Top Museums of Lima Private Tour, Lima, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Top Museums of Lima Private Tour

Spend some hours in Lima visiting two of the best museums full of history, culture and archaeological pieces. The Larco Museum and the National Museum of the ...  Read more

Location: Lima District, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Half-Day Bohemian Barranco and Museum of Mario Testino Mate Tour, Lima, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Bohemian Barranco and Museum of Mario Testino Mate Tour

Enjoys an experience with bohemian style in the Barranco District in Lima within this private 4-hour tour. Starting with the visit to the Museum of Mario ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00
Private Half-Day Lima Art and Numismatic Tour, Lima, Half-day Tours
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Private Half-Day Lima Art and Numismatic Tour

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Immerse in an amazing cultural experience with this 4-hour private tour. Starting with the Museum of Art of Lima and followed by the Numismatic Museum of ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.80

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