The museums of Lima that you cannot miss

The museums of Lima, the capital of Peru, are some of the best in all of Latin America. Walking through them and contemplating their works of art is breathing history and one of the best ways to get to know the life of this city and the history of the entire country. We propose a route through some of them and tell you about the wonders you can find inside. Can you come with us?

1. MALI – Lima Art Museum

It is the main art gallery that this city has. Its headquarters are located in the so-called Palace of the Exhibition. It is an eclectic-style building that was built for the Great Exhibition of Arts, Sciences and Industries that was held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Peru’s Independence.

It is the main building that we can find today in the so-called Park of the Exhibition and its project and construction are due to Antonio Leonardi, an Italian architect who pioneered the introduction of the use of iron columns in buildings. In fact, the columns he used are attributed to the Eiffel house.


Inside we can contemplate a precious collection of the Peruvian painter Carlos Baca-Flor, as well as other Peruvian artists. And since its remodeling, it is home to one of the best collections of pre-Columbian art.

2. Museum of Italian Art

Located behind the MALI we find a small building that houses one of the most beautiful museums in the city, the Museum of Italian Art. It is a gift that the Italian community gave to the city on the occasion of the hundred years of independence.

Inside 180 pieces of Italian art made between the 19th and 20th centuries are preserved. They are sculptures and paintings of unparalleled beauty that transport those who contemplate them to Italian lands. It also serves as an exhibition and congress center, so it is not open to the public every day.

3. Museum of the Nation

It is based in a brutalist-style building that it shares with the Ministry of Culture. In the Some of the most impressive gold pieces in the world from pre-Hispanic times are preserved. Among them we can find nose rings, pectorals, masks and ceremonial knives.

Its ceramic and textile pieces are also very important, a sample of the Inca and pre-Inca art of the country. Likewise, in its rooms elements of popular, colonial and republican art are shown. And it has several temporary exhibition halls. It is, therefore, one of the best museums in Lima.

4. Museo Larco, one of the best museums in Lima

ANDhe Larco Museum has the best and most extensive collection of ceramic pieces from the pre-Inca period. Its origin takes place in the collection of more than 45,000 ceramic pieces of Rafael Larco Hoyle, one of the fathers of Peruvian archaeology. Dedicated to investigating and excavating in northern Peru, Larco founded this museum to also be a research center.

5. Pedro de Osma Museum

A museum located in the picturesque neighborhood of Barranco. Its opening takes place in 1987 and is based on the collection created by Pedro de Osma and his wife, Angélica Gildemeister. It is based in his mansion, built between 1900 and 1906 by the architect Santiago Basurco.

In this museum you can see some of the most beautiful paintings from the colonial era of the 17th and 18th centuries, above all, from the Cusqueña School. It also houses a large sample of silverware, figures carved in stone from Huamanga and ceramics.

6. Other museums in Lima to visit

And for lovers of modern and contemporary art, Lima also offers many alternatives. A) Yes, we find the MAC – Museum of Contemporary Art of Lima, also located in Barranco, at the junction with the Miraflores neighborhood. In this museum you can see the best modern and contemporary works by Peruvian and Latin American artists from 1950 onwards.

You can also visit the Place of Memory, Tolerance and Social Inclusion. It is a museum dedicated to the reconciliation of the Peruvian people after the harsh years of terrorism by Sendero Luminoso, other terrorist groups and the country’s army. It is an impressive building carved into one of the cliffs of Lima, which opens to the ocean. An impressive place.

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