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Must-See Museums in Lima

Must-See Museums in Lima

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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Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket

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Travel back through 5,000 years of Peruvian history with this admission ticket to Lima’s fascinating Larco Museum. Situated inside a picturesque 18th-century colonial mansion, this comprehensive museum offers a great way to put Peru’s incredible wealth of historical sites and pre-Columbian cultures into context. Connect the dots between iconic Peruvian sites like Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines, Cusco and much more as you admire its amazing range of exhibits, beautiful gold and silver artifacts and a unique erotic art collection.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$10.00
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$10.00
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Museo del Oro and Armas del Mundo Admission Tickets from Lima

Museo del Oro and Armas del Mundo Admission Tickets from Lima

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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 your entry to both cultural institutions by booking a combination admission pass in advance. Gaze at glittering gold objects from various time periods in the Gold Museum before admiring more than 20,000 different weapons from around the world at Museo de las Armas del Mundo.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.50
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Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

Experience Lima: An Evening at the Larco Museum with Dinner

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Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on a of the Larco Museum with dinner. Immerse yourself in the cultural intrigue of the museum with a knowledgeable guide, exploring extensive collections of pre-Colombian artifacts as you delve deeper into Peru’s fascinating history. Then, sit down to a gourmet dinner inspired by the regional specialties of Peru. Sip sweet pisco sours as you absorb the tranquil ambiance of the museum’s beautiful gardens on this cultural and culinary experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$99.00
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Private Historic Lima & Larco Museum

Private Historic Lima & Larco Museum

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Wander down colonial alleyways and past grand plazas on this tour of the top architectural and historical sites in Lima. From the depths of the catacombs at the UNESCO-listed San Francisco Convent to the extensive antiques collection at the top-rated Larco Museum, this tour will introduce you to the city's best-kept attractions within a single day. This private tour is operated with just your guide and private party for a personalized sightseeing experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.00
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Small-Group Huacas and Larco Museum Including Dinner

Small-Group Huacas and Larco Museum Including Dinner

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Get a new perspective on Lima as you explore the Peruvian capital’s ancient ruins and historic museums after dark during this 4-hour excursion. Head to Lima’s Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian archaeological site constructed around 1,500 years ago. Then check out Huaca Huallamarca, an adobe pyramid that pre-dates the Incas. You’ll also have time to admire the wealth of gold and silver artifacts the Larco Museum before finishing your evening with a dinner of Peruvian specialties at Café del Museo. Your nighttime excursion also includes round-trip hotel transport by coach, bottled water, a 3-course dinner and all entrance fees.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.67
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$93.67
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Mujica Gallo's Private Gold Collection and Weapons of the World Museum

Mujica Gallo's Private Gold Collection and Weapons of the World Museum

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Discover the glittering gold and ancient treasures of the Gold of Peru Museum on a private 3-hour tour from Lima. Delve into five rooms, each bursting with thousands of unique gold artifacts, with a knowledgeable guide and uncover the fascinating history of the precious metal. Also included in the tour is a visit the Weapons of the World Museum, an extensive collection of armory from a variety of countries. Convenient hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.70
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$77.70
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Private Half-Day Lima Art and Numismatic Tour

Private Half-Day Lima Art and Numismatic Tour

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Delve into Lima’s museum culture on a private tour of the Lima Art Museum and the Central Bank Museum. Ideal for lovers of art and history, this tour showcases two of Lima’s top cultural institutions and includes convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. Browse artwork that encompasses Chimu, Nazca, Inca, and pre-Colombian cultures in the Lima Art Museum (MALI), and trace the history of Peru’s currency at the Central Bank Museum, all the while receiving undivided attention from your private guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.90
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$92.90
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Private Tour: Barranco Sightseeing Tour including Osma Museum, Dedalo Store and the Bridge of Sighs

Private Tour: Barranco Sightseeing Tour including Osma Museum, Dedalo Store and the Bridge of Sighs

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Explore the beautiful and bohemian neighborhood of Barranco on a half-day private tour from Lima, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Admire the architectural majesty of the buildings; observe classic colonial art housed in the opulent Pedro de Osma Museum; and browse bespoke boutiques for artisan treasures made by local artists. Discover the history and culture of this fascinating quarter during your enriching experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.00
Price varies by group size
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$114.00
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Skip the Line - Admission Ticket

Skip the Line - Admission Ticket

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For lovers of art, no visit to Peru’s capital is complete without seeing Lima Art Museum (Museo de Arte de Lima MALI). Guarantee your entry to the world-class gallery — which represents more than 3,000 years of history — by booking your ticket in advance. Among the 17,000 works the museum contains, you’ll see Pre-Colombian and colonial art, silverware, and textiles.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$9.00
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$9.00

Half-Day Mario Testino Mate Exposition and Bohemian Barranco Tour

Half-Day Mario Testino Mate Exposition and Bohemian Barranco Tour

Designed to delight travelers with a penchant for creative heritage, this private 4-hour tour showcases Barranco, Lima’s most bohemian neighborhood. In addition to visiting the Mario Testino Museum, a gallery dedicated to the work of the fashion photography icon, you’ll browse art at the Dédalo Arts & Crafts market and stop at the atmospheric Bridge of Sighs (Puente de los Suspiros.) Hotel pickup and drop-off, and a traditional Peruvian drink and snack are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.10
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$52.10
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MALI Museum and Peruvian Paso Horses demo with Buffet Dinner

MALI Museum and Peruvian Paso Horses demo with Buffet Dinner

A self-guided tour of Lima museums and neighborhoods lets you visit must-see Lima attractions without the expense of hiring a guide. This tour includes entrance fees and transportation between the Park of the Exhibition, the Lima Art Museum, and the Barranco district, and leaves you free to explore whatever catches your interest in each location.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.67
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