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Museums in Cusco

Inca Museum of the National University San Antonio Abad

Cusco: Museo Inca (Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad)
  • Address: Cuesta del Almirante, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 237380
  • Description: Also known as the Archaeological Museum of Cusco, this museum features artifacts from the ancient Incan Empire up until the Conquest of the Spanish and how they affected the Incan Empire and its people. One of the main attractions of the museum are the Incan mummies, but many other archaeological treasures can be found including textiles, jewellery, skulls, ceramics, and a unique collection of Incan drinking vessels. Photos are not allowed so be prepared to spend at least an hour and a half to drink in all of the images and save them in your memory.

 

Santa Catalina Convent and Art Museum

Cusco: Museo del Convento de Santa Catalina
  • Address: Santa Catalina 190, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 226032 - 223245
  • Description: This monastery was built in the beginning of the 17th century over the ruins of Acllawasi which is also known as “House of the Sun Virgins” or “House of the Chosen Girls”. This beautiful church and convent is not only amazing to visit because of the architecture but also because it houses an amazing collection of Amerindian Art amongst other Cusquenian Art. You might want to take a guided tour through the monastery to get the full history behind each sight you see, and at the end you can buy sweets prepared by the Santa Catalina nuns.
 

Convent of the Merced Museum

Cusco: Museo Convento de la Merced
  • Address: Plazoleta Espinar - Mantas, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 231821
  • Description: The second most important Church in Cusco, the Convent of the Merced was rebuilt in 1680 after an earthquake and features a mural depicting the life of St. Pedro Nolasco, the founder of Merced, a small museum of religious art and an amazing solid gold monstrance covered in precious stones.
 

Museum of the Archbishop’s Palace

Cusco: Palacio Arsobispal
  • Address: Calle Los Herrajes, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 225211
  • Description: The Museum of Religious art is located in a house that was formerly owned by the Archbishop of Cusco. The museum is located in a pedestrian alleyway that features Incan stonemasonry; despite the fact that it is a museum displaying a collection of colonial religious paintings, the real draw is the house where the museum is located. The old house has impressive Moorish style architecture and a small chapel to explore as well.
 

Museum of the Temple of the Qoricancha

  • Cusco: Museo del Convento de Santa CatalinaAddress: Av. El Sol s/n, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 222071
  • Description: Also known as the Temple of the Sun, this historical site was the most important temple during the time of the Incan empire. Qoricancha means courtyard of gold in Quechua and for good reason; throughout the temple you could find life size gold statues, a huge golden sun disc, solid-gold altars, and gold panels lining the walls. The sun was the most worshiped deity for the Incas and when the sun hit Qoricancha in all of its golden glory, everything “lit” up. During the time of the Spanish conquest, almost all of the gold was removed from the temple, however the temple is still an archaeological and historical site that must be seen while you are in Cusco.
 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Municipality of Cusco

  • Address: Santa Teresa , Palacio Municipal, Plazoleta del Regocijo, Cusco
  • Phone: 084) 240043
  • Description: Located in Plaza Regocijo, this museum is perfect for those who enjoy modern art. This museum features large and colourful contemporary canvasses, along with paintings and sculptures of modern art. On the ground floor, visitors can admire the exhibition of contemporary handicrafts, and on the second floor they can enjoy the work of painters of Cusco from the XX century.
 

Regional Historical Museum of the INC

  • Address: Casa Garcilaso. Calle Heladeros, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 223245
  • Description: Located in Calle Heladeros, Casa Garcilaso is home to this museum that exhibits various historical artifacts including musical instruments, agricultural tools, and ceramics from the pre-Incan times. As well you can see currency, contemporary art, and paintings and metal work from the Colonial period. This is one of the most visited museums in Cusco and is one of the only places you can view such a wide array of historical artifacts.
 

Museum of the Cathedral

  • Address: Plaza de Armas, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 222781
  • Description: This is the most magnificent cathedral in Cusco and is located on the foundations of the palace of Wirachoca. Its construction was started in 1550 and completed a century later. Its structure is the main attraction in the main square in Cusco- Plaza de Armas- and a popular tourist attraction for all who visit the city. Not only can you explore the fantastic architecture and art within the church, but you can see the subtleties of how the Incans incorporated their own religion into Catholicism after the Spanish conquest.
 

Museum of San Jerónimo

  • Address: Casa Cabildo, Plaza de San Jerónimo, Cusco.
  • Phone: (084) 223245
  • Description: Located in the district of San Jerónimo, this museum features colonial art and paintings.
 

Museum of Natural Sciences of the National University San Antonio Abad

  • Address: Paraninfo Universitario de Perayoc, Cusco
  • Description: Exhibits local flora and fauna found in the region- perfect for those who love nature and the environment.
 

Museum of the American Institute of the Art

  • Address: Avenida El Sol, Galerías Turísticas., Cusco.
  • Description: This museum features excellent exhibitions of American Art.
 

Centre for Traditional Textiles of Cusco

  • Description: Located in Av Sol, this museum seaks to show visitors exactly how textiles in Peru are made all the way from an alpaca to a beautifully decorated poncho. Along with information in English and Spanish there are many examples of everything that is being described in the texts. The museum is conjoined with a store that sells traditional textiles, and as well if you are lucky you may be able to witness Peruvian women weaving in the store!.
 

Museo de Arte Precolombia

  • Description: This museum exhibits pieces of stone, metal and woodwork dating back to 1500AD in a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing way. This is an art museum and not a history museum so the captions in English, French and Spanish talk about the design and motivation behind each piece as opposed to the archaeological history. One of the smaller museums found in Cusco but definitely a must see while you stay in the city.
 

Museo de Chocolate

  • Description: Cusco: museo de chocolateThe chocolate museum is recommended for chocoholics and for those who enjoy chocolate every once in a while only because it is so informative and interesting. It is located on the upper level of a building overlooking Plaza Regocijo and if the amazing smell of chocolate overwhelms your taste buds and you can’t resist buying a hot chocolate or a piece of chocolate made at the museum you can sit and enjoy it in one of the balconies and enjoy the view.Cusco: museo de chocolate At the museum you get to learn the discovery of cacao, how chocolate is made, ways to enjoy hot chocolate and many other facts. If you have time you can also sign up for classes to make your own chocolate.
 

Museo de Coca

  • Description: This small but informative museum is located in San Blas and is well worth a visit. The museum is set up to guide you through the history of coca- its use by the Incan’s- all the way to modern day uses and its impact on the world and the cocaine industry. Guided tours are available, and texts are written in English for better comprehension if you aren’t fluent in Spanish. A small souvenir shop offers coca products for purchase.
 

Andean Children’s art museum

  • Description: This museum operates on donations and forwards proceeds to helping Quechua underprivileged children be exposed to art and creativity. A group of people who help run the museum use donations to purchase arts and crafts materials to bring to these children living in extremely remote areas in Cusco and the surrounding and allow them to express themselves and their lives through art. These children have never before had the opportunity to use paint or coloured pencils or crayons and the creations they come up with are quite amazing considering.
 






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