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“Interesting but no good if you don't speak Spanish” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum (Museo de la Nacion)

National Museum (Museo de la Nacion)
Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 | San Borja, Lima, Peru
01 476 9878
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Ranked #78 of 130 Attractions in Lima
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Interesting but no good if you don't speak Spanish”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

We went along to this museum looking for an overview of the different cultures and populations that had lived in Peru. This was mostly told through artefacts such as ceramics and fabrics. We hired a guide who spoke pretty good english, but mumbled and spoke to so fast it just seemed like she was trying to get the tour over with as quickly as possible. As a result I couldn't hear her well, and unfortunately all the signs around each artefact are written in Spanish only. There is a gallery of photos on the 6th floor representing terrorism in Peru from 1980-2000 which was really interesting. Overall the place is worthwhile, I just felt it could have been more useful had either our guide been more interested, or we had literature in English to view the museum ourselves.

Visited February 2012
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“Good exhibition on Shining Path and Peru's troubles”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

There was an excellent photo exhibtion on the troubles in Peru during the 80's and 90's, Apart from that the museum didnt really provide much information on the history and cutlure on Peru, there only seemed to be a few areas open to the public, I am not sure if this is always the case or if there was some renovation going on. Still, entry is free and it is probably worth the visit just for the Shining Path exhibition

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“Eclectic museum in San Borja”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Museum with a bit of everything, from a photographic exhibition on the Shining Path to pre-colonial artefacts from Lima's rich and ancient cultures.

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“Definitely worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

We just went to the museum in the afternoon and it closes at 17h, so we only had time to see part of the photo exhibition about the terrorism times (sendero luminoso, etc.) on the 6th floor. In any case, it was really worth it to go. This exhibition is really interesting and helps understanding those difficult years in Peruvian history. I would say is a must to anyone interested in understanding the country.

Visited January 2012
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“Museum only partially open”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

It looks like the National Museum has a pretty interesting and extensive collection (by the permanent labels on the rooms). However, only five exhibits are open right now, including a collection of movie pictures, some black and white photos of Macchu Picchu, and a large exhibit on the Shining Path. Also, all exhibits are labeled only in Spanish. I'd definitely give this museum a miss and go to the Larco instead.

Visited August 2011
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