The Lima Art Museum (Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI) features works from more than 3,000 years of Peruvian history, spanning from pre-Columbian societies through today—including art from the Moche, Chimu, Nazca, Inca, and pre-Columbian cultures. Paintings, ceramics, textiles, silverwork, and more are on display, with 17,000 pieces in the collection.
Prebooking tickets to the Lima Art Museum allows you to skip any lines and have more time to spend with the art. The museum showcases the serpentine history of Peru through its many different periods, as told through paintings, ceramics, textiles, silverwork, and drawings. Audio tours, weekend art workshops, and Spanish-only Sunday guided tours are included with admission.
Some ticket packages to see Lima Art Museum may include entrance to other museums, such as the Central Bank Museum. Private art-focused tours may include a stop at the museum as well.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A visit to Lima Art Museum is suitable for solo travelers, couples, families, and art lovers of all ages.
- No flash photography is allowed in the museum.
- Visitor facilities include a cafe, free Wi-Fi, and elevator access for travelers with limited mobility.
- Many displays are in both English and Spanish.
- While no large bags are allowed in the museum, they can be checked free of charge.
- The museum is free Thursday from 3pm and 7pm and the first Friday of each month between 5pm and 10pm.
How to Get There
The Lima Art Museum is at the Parque de la Exposición on Paseo Colon in downtown Lima. The following bus lines pass near the museum: 1701, 301, 4505, and EX1. Expect about a 30-minute trip from Barranco or Miraflores.
When to Get There
The Lima Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am- 7pm and until 5pm on Saturday. For warmer, sunnier days, visit Lima from December to April. Temperatures are moderate throughout the year, with little rainfall. During the cooler months of May through November, expect a thick, misty sea fog rolling through.
Take Your Time
Art lovers may want to spend a whole day absorbing this massive museum. Holding the world’s most important collection of Peruvian art, the Lima Art Museum has 17,000 pieces spanning over three millennia. A more cursory walk-throughs takes a couple of hours, but you won’t get a full taste of the museum’s offerings.