The Mario Testino Museum in Lima is a powerful collection of contemporary art from its namesake, a fashion photography icon and celebrated native son. His portraits—of big names such as model Kate Moss and lesser-known works of indigenous Peruvians—are showcased in a 19th-century mansion in Lima’s bohemian district of Barranco. Also on display are works of up-and-coming Peruvian artists.
Photographer Mario Testino made a name for himself creating memorable portraits of the late Princess Diana and supermodels such as Kate Moss and Gisele Bündchen. With MATE museum, he created a space that both boosts Peru’s artists and culture with exhibitions, residences, and events supporting emerging artists and showcases his own work. On display are many of his iconic portraits and his lesser-known portraits of indigenous Peruvians.
To guarantee admission and skip the lines, buy your ticket in advance. Check the schedule in advance as the museum regularly hosts events, film screenings, and learning workshops.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Mario Testino Museum is suitable for art and photography lovers of all ages.
- The museum is completely wheelchair accessible.
- Find a cafe and gift shop on site.
- Admission is free for children with a paid adult.
How to Get There
MATE is on Av. Pedro de Osma in the Barranco district, a neighborhood south of Miraflores and north of Chorrillos. The Ruta Troncal line of the city’s electric express bus, El Metropolitano, stops here.
When to Get There
MATE is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-7pm. If you want to wander around Barranco before or after your museum visit, know that a dense morning fog rolls in from December to April. Street fairs and music festivals happen nearly every weekend.
Enjoy Barranco Lifestyle
Set along cliffs and snaking through a deep ravine opening to the sea, Barranco is an atmospheric Lima neighborhood. Annexed in 1860, it retains a distinct village feel with colonial buildings and a bohemian culture. Small cafes and artist-run boutiques buzz during daytime, giving way to bars and dance clubs at night.