Museo de Arte Precolombino
Museo de Arte Precolombino
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art - MAP Cusco is an experience that allows you to discover the mystical art of ancient Peru. It houses and exhibits admirable objects for its history and aesthetics, created by women and men of the Andes, more than three thousand years ago until the sixteenth century, in the territory where Peru is located nowadays. The 400 pieces exhibited in the MAP Cusco, located in the historic Casona Cabrera, a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, are part of the collection of the Larco Museum, considered one of the best 20 museums in the world. The MAP Cusco, managed by the BBVA Foundation, offers the possibility of exploring its ten rooms with audio guides in three languages: Spanish, English and French. The narratives will bring the visitor closer to the worldview that defined the beliefs of the ancient Peruvians. The visitor can also enjoy MAP Café tasting the incomparable flavor of Peruvian cuisine in a magical and peaceful setting.
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eli d
Los Angeles, CA101 contributions
Museo Larco in Lima is 10 times the size, however, this one is excellent as well. It explains a lot about the culture and the existence of people way before the famous Incas. Very recommended and they are open late so you can do it later in the evening.
Written July 3, 2022
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bigwavejames
bigwavejames114 contributions
Small but well done. Reminded me of a mini-Larco.
The design of the museum was only surpassed by the quality of the pieces.
Nice stop that gives solid info on the area and Peru throughout time, which reminds you the Incas are only a small, but important, part.
Written March 30, 2022
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Carson P
Austin, TX3 contributions
I like art in intimate spaces. It allows me to take it all in, not rush or feel overwhelmed. This museum is in a lovely building so that was a good start already. But what really took me in was the art - it was presented with care, as it should be, since this is art from centuries and millennia ago and beautiful on multiple levels. The video introduction was especially helpful in pulling it all together for me - that this is one of the cradles of civilization and here are expressive artifacts to prove it!
Written July 30, 2022
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Jyss
Saint Paul, MN532 contributions
Small museum but was interesting. It was inexpensive and we spent about 1.5 hours. You start with a short video with english subtitles. We watched then walked around all of the placards were in english as well as spanish. It was a quiet spot and nice way to spend some time.
Written June 27, 2022
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idrovoviva
Quito515 contributions
Family
although is a small museum located at Plaza Nazarenas, yet still have a lot to show. We found it that most of its 450 pieces were brought from the wider collection of its parent museum in Lima, Larco Museum.
Written January 18, 2015
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andersog
Philadelphia2 contributions
MAP is pretty unique in that it treats a wide range of pre-Columbian objects not primarily as historical artifacts but as works of art. And some of them are just stunning.

It's always hard for me personally (in museums or other forums) to step back from the historical interest in pre-Columbian cultures and appreciate their aesthetics. This museum really helped in a way I haven't seen elsewhere.
Written June 8, 2007
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inkalover
Lima298 contributions
After having spent a few days in the Sacred Valley, visiting all the Inca villages, and hiking up to Machu Picchu, we spent a few days in Cusco and had the occasion to visit the MAP museum. I should have done it the other way around because a visit at the Map museum definitly explained a lot about pre-Columbian civilizations. The mansion is incredible and the concept is very original. You just follow a red line if you want to have a chronological visit of the museum. Each gallery explores a topic and you won´t find any boring technical explanation of the pieces, the museum offers an artistic approach, each gallery is described by quotations from diverse artists. The collection is incredibly well-arranged, the highlight of the visit was for me the two interlaced Moche ducks, they seem to be in the middle of a love play, without paying attention of the surroundings...
Written April 15, 2009
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zarknyc
new york city480 contributions
Couples
We went to the Museo de Arte Precolombino one afternoon. The displays are so gorgeous I had to take photos. Every room is lovingly lit and diplayed.
Written October 5, 2018
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Amy M
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Went here after it being recommended to us as a good museum. Sure, it's got some good art, nothing you can't find in the inca museum. What you WILL find here are many long winded descriptions of the pieces, with minimal actual facts other than "this piece captures the imagination". Wow. Profound.

Save your 20 soles and go to the inca museum TWICE for the same amount of money, with actual information and less pretentiousness.
Written January 3, 2015
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Estimada Amy: Recientemente, hemos realizado una serie de cambios en el MAP Cusco, tanto en la museografía como en las descripciones de cada pieza. Nuestro museo recoge ejemplos del arte que cultivaron diferentes culturas que habitaron el antiguo Perú, desde hace tres mil años. Son piezas que no se encuentran en otros espacios del Cusco y que forman parte de la colección del Museo Larco de Lima. Saludos.
Written November 28, 2018
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Lidia C
Zapopan, Mexico975 contributions
Couples
This is a remarkable museum, also established by the Larco family, with an interesting concept because its approach to the Pre Columbian cultures is focused on their Art Masterpieces. A stunning selection of pieces, brilliantly displayed in a lovely old mansion make it a jewel not to be missed in Cusco.
Written February 12, 2013
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