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Pre-Columbian Art Museum

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Address: Plaza de las Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
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+51 84 233210
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Great way to spend a couple of hours away from the crowds

I really enjoyed this small museum that provided a summary of a lot of exhibits I had visited all over Peru. If you don't have time to visit much more than Cusco, this is a great... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed this small museum that provided a summary of a lot of exhibits I had visited all over Peru. If you don't have time to visit much more than Cusco, this is a great way to learn about Peruvian history. Simple exhibits moved you right along and kept it interesting but not overbearing.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice museum in downtown Cusco just a few minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas. It is in an older building that has a traditional design built around an open courtyard. The exhibitions are in separate rooms on two floors. Admisssion is 20 soles. There are exhibits from a number of different groups that are known... More 

Thank SeanOden
Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Affiliated with the Larco Museum of Lima, this museo is similarly organized according to era and culture. Featured pieces provide an overview of Pre-Columbian cultures' artistic styles and locations within the empire. Neither large nor extensive but worth a visit.

Thank SojournerScholar
New England
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum but the variety of artifacts make it worth the trip. We loved the ceramic and metal collections. The descriptions are all written in English, which was nice, but the information on each placard is poorly written and mostly filled with over-the-top adjectives and very little factual information. The textile shop was closed when we were... More 

Thank NewEnglandRedFlyer
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enough sheer beauty and skill to be seen in this museum to bring tears to the eyes. It's not overstuffed with average pieces, each item is properly and carefully displayed, and of outstanding artistic value. My only complaint is the lack of information in the labelling of each piece: the labels informs you of how beautiful each piece is (which... More 

Thank Caroline T
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting museum as it does not require a lot of time The artifacts date back to 1,350 BC. Good historical overview.

Thank henry m
Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit to get an idea of the skills of the people in those times. Takes about an hour to see the exhibits. Museum is open late.

Thank anuradhamurali
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Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

For a modest entry fee you can enjoy pre columbian art beautifully displayed. From tall wood carvings, weapons and jewelry to beautifully woven clothing and headdress. They have it all here. There are interactive exhibits for adults and children alike. I especially enjoyed the vast pottery found here. A cafe is available if you get hungry and the gift shop... More 

Thank Mike M
Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

This museum houses a variation of different types of art work from the Pre-Colombian world. It is small, but has a nicely curated selection of art pieces. The entrance price was a bit steep though. It also takes pains to try to re-frame the art from "primitive art" to just art. This is something I agree with as Pre-Colombian art... More 

Thank theawesometraveller
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We all 4 were bowled over by the collection. The art is surprisingly complex and beautiful, and the galleries are way nicer than the Inka museum on the plaza de Armas. My only complaint is that the museum doesn't have a collection book, but you can buy the Lorca book, which has similar exhibits. I would say MAP is not... More 

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