Casa Concha Museum

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The most comprehensive collection of Inca artifacts from Machu Picchu in the world. There are 366 museum-quality objects displayed in a colonial building that dates back to the 18th century. To truly understand the Inca culture, one must visit Machu PIcchu and the Casa Concha Museum. The museum provides insights into the daily life at Machu Picchu and an overview of the landscape and challenges the Inca's faced there. This is a must-see before (or after) visiting Machu Picchu The collection of artifacts at Casa Concha was returned by Yale University in 2011, and includes more than 30-thousand additional fragments of pottery, stonework, jewelry that are not suitable for display at this time. Those fragments are being kept in storage to be studied by local and international researchers. This collection of antiquities was housed at Yale's Peabody Museum for almost 100 years, before being returned home to Peru in 2011. The exhibition also has more Inka artifacts that were discovered during the archeological excavations during the process of the restauration of the Casa Concha.
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garrardt
Edmonds, WA6 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
After visiting Machu Picchu, I was very curious to know how the site looked a century ago when Hiram Bingham "discovered" it. This ten-room museum has those photos and a lot more. When Bingham went back to Yale, he took over 4,000 artifacts with him, but they were recently returned to Peru and are housed in this museum. By applying the very latest scientific techniques, archaeologists are now able to tell us things about the lives of the Incas in general and this site in particular that were not previously known. The display signage (in Spanish and excellent English) and videos (with English subtitles) give the visitor the chance to learn much. A great place to spend an hour or two on the way to or from Machu Picchu!
Written August 25, 2013
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BCSinig
Sebastopol, CA144 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
We brought our teen boys here to give them some background about Machu Picchu. The exhibits were informative though I suspect that it is a bit of a repeat for those that are already familiar with the history. For us though, it was worth the visit.
Written March 14, 2020
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Diddlydancer
East Sussex, UK277 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Our guide at Machu Picchu recommended this little museum. It was a good way to spend an hour or so finding out a bit more about Hiram Bingham. Just off the square. Interesting artefacts too.
Written August 29, 2019
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Chicagogirl2000
44 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
It was just ok...
Yes, it was informative, but if you don't have time to kill don't bother. You are better off enjoying the plaza with the views. My friend and I left in 15 minutes. We forced ourselves to walk through the entire thing only because we paid. Being out of breathe with Cusco's altitude probably didn't help the cause!
Written August 28, 2017
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Alice C
Texas83 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
This is by far the best museum in Cusco. It has information about the Incas and Pre-Incan cultures that stayed there, with original artifacts from the first academic studies of it. It has great information about Hiram Bingham, the guy who first started studying Machu Picchu, and has great English translations. It costs 10 soles for students, 20 for others, but is worth it because it contains a lot of the information that you'll see in other museums in Cusco. They have videos with Spanish narration but English subtitles about the way of life and even have a virtual tour station that you can see before visiting Machu Picchu. It's great if you don't plan on having a guide when you get to MP, or to just have more background.
Written June 21, 2015
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vladb
Boston, MA107 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
For Machu Picchu travelers, this is a must-visit before, or after your trip to the site. The museum is only a few years old (opened in 2011), and it contains the archeological finds collected by Hiram Bingham that were recently returned to Peru from Yale. It's still a work in progress and some of the signs are not yet bilingual. Not all of the installations are complete, either. The rooma, organized around a beautiful cloister, display the latest scientific theories, a well-designed scale model plus a few dioramas. If you're curious to learn what top archaeologists think, and not the new-agey stuff some guides at Machu Picchu may tell you, by all means visit.
The location at Casa Concha may be temporary, though, as a larger museum dedicated to Tawantinsuyu is being planned later this decade.
Written May 19, 2014
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caroljoss
Cherry Hill, NJ36 contributions
Oct 2013 • Friends
A visit here after seeing the physical site completed our experience. Communication at the front desk was a bit difficult and only soles are accepted. The setting and contents go well together and add insight as to what life was like at MP and more details as to how Bingham brought it to the world. For tired travelers, this museum experience was just right.
Written November 8, 2013
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NicolevdBroekEhoven
Eindhoven, The Netherlands525 contributions
Nov 2019
As a tourguide I have visited Machu Picchu about 20 times or more.
So it did not add that much for me.
Go there before your visit.
If you visit MP?
Hire a local guide anyway!

Not good in the musea?
Some rooms were closed.
A lot of the displays did not have English descriptions.
In some cases there were numbers but they did not correspond with anything.

And 20 soles?
In your Boleto turistico there are 5 musea included.
So therefor I do not understand this price....
Written November 5, 2019
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Kyle_P1
Boston, MA357 contributions
Sep 2019
Our group of 13 truly enjoyed this museum. It was a great primer for our hike on the Salkantay Trial as it provided (in English) a wonderful history lesson of the Inca peoples.
Written September 21, 2019
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SadgeTravels
Lafayette, CA32 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Very well organized, good quality museum with artifacts, pictures and history from the discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham. Museum is in an old Spanish mansion, with the exhibits in different rooms. Includes an exhibit on how recent science is analyzing the artifacts to learn more about the people who lived/worked at Machu Picchu. We visited the museum before our visit to Machu Picchu and were glad we did; the museum provided excellent background and context. Entrance fee is really reasonable and worth it ( 20 soles).
Written May 31, 2019
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