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Address: Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 | San Borja, Lima, Peru
Phone Number: 01 476 9878
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and...

Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell the story of Peru's long history from prehistoric times and ancient civilizations to the advanced civilizations of Huari, Chimu and Paracas and the Inca Empire.

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This museum is closed!

Don't make the mistake I did. I spent close to 15 soles by taxi from Miraflores to this musem only to find it covered in scaffolding and plenty of construction. I asked a police... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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97 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Don't make the mistake I did. I spent close to 15 soles by taxi from Miraflores to this musem only to find it covered in scaffolding and plenty of construction. I asked a police officer and two bystanders if it was closed and I got a definite YES. I later found it from other limenos that it is under renovation... More 

3 Thank STho
Mission Viejo, California
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35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was probably my most favorite out of the museums that I visited in Lima. If disturbing pictures don't bother you and the history of a nation interests you, then this is the museum for you. The exhibits within this museum are mainly all about the brutal, bloody civil war Peru had in the 80's/early 90's. There were stories of... More 

Thank Solstice63
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Hi all. Just an FYI, exhibitions are temporary , only a couple are permanent. Visits: Tue - Sun // 09 am- 5 PM Execpt : May 1st (Labor Day) / Jan 1st (After New Years) / Dec 25th (Christmas) Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 - San Borja Soon it will be moved to another location. Hope this is useful info.

1 Thank Joanna Alexandr... A
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Unfortunately we arrived there without knowing that the actual collection had been moved to another place, because apparently the museum is under renovation (?). So it lefts pretty nothing to see (except a photograph exposition about terrorism, whats not my thing) and we just lost time. A pity.

5 Thank Vargas N
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

For years this place hold the biggest arqueological exhibit of the country. With presentations well cared and professionally presented. Unfortunately now most of the building has being captured by burocracy and is used as an office building for the Culture Ministery. So, they took the museum to place offices. There is a small presentation but not worth the visit. Best... More 

4 Thank Armando E
West Hollywood, California
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Nowhere in the official websites is any mention that the archeology artifacts most people are interested in viewing are not in the Museo de la Nacion anymore. In fact, there is no temporary home to visit them either. The entire exhibits will eventually be housed by the Pachacamac ruins outside Lima, which will make them less accesible if you are... More 

7 Thank MR C
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

First let me clear some facts for you. This museum is located within the Ministry of Culture where, obviously, government affairs take place. The exhibits and collections per se, are being moved to a new building near some acient ruins where it'll become the permanent "national museum". For now, the "Yuyanapaq" gallery is located in the 6th floor. Maybe is... More 

7 Thank Juan C
Sydney, Australia
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156 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I was expecting to see displays on ancient cultures. Instead I saw a modern art display (From a single artist), an ethnographic display from an Andean culture, and a photo gallery from the war of the shining path. I enjoyed the first two, however I found the war photos a little much. The display was very well done, a powerful... More 

1 Thank KLS2602
Lima Region, Peru
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102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Contrary to what I expected, the museums displays only three temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions were well-organized and in depth, but it was a disappointment to find out that there are no permanent collections. When I visited this museum on a Saturday morning, the museum shop wasn't open. Too bad. On the other hand, the museum is free. Low-budget travelers can... More 

3 Thank MA891
Victoria, Canada
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139 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Extensive displays of Peru's contemporary art. Special display of Choppca culture, from the nation's poorest region. Extensive photographic display of from the lengthy guerilla war instigated by the Maoist Shining Path movement, a very painful period in the history of Peru (about 1980 to 2004). Mercifully the graphic photos of atrocities on both sides are not in colour. Museum very... More 

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