Museo Arqueologico de Ancash "Augusto Soriano Infante"

Museo Arqueologico de Ancash "Augusto Soriano Infante"

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LSO1973
London, UK1,326 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Unless you know archaeology already, and/or have really good Spanish skills, you are unlikely to get the best out of this place. Long story short its a series of rather dark rooms with often world-class artifacts (and just as often awful ones, or sometimes reproductions) in glass cases that haven't been changed since the 1980s or earlier. There are samples of the various periods that are represented in the area from the Formative through to the Inca and Colonial period...and its all rather a mess. There is nothing in English and even though My Lovely Companion and I are archaeologists, we were struggling. What people tend to do is to go downstairs, and then outside (ignoring the rather dark cases full of yet more pots) to the best part of the experience: the sculpture garden. In my experience its the best thing to do when you have just got of the bus and you're feeling that you ought to do something cultural before going to the bar, or to bed. So to my knowledge at least five people have thrown up from soroche (altitude sickness) in the garden...! Its a beautifully arranged place with Recuay sculptures (they're like little fat men, although both sexes are represented) all over, with plants and trees growing around and among them. There are some attempts at explanation of the pieces but until recently, when a colleague of mine wrote her thesis about them, we didn't have much more than educated guesswork. The basics are that the culture was around for the first half of the first millennium AD and a little after. They were contemporaries with the better-known Moche of the northern coast, and they carved a lot of stone figures (Aija) that may have been markers of territory and borders. Their pottery is often figurative and can be informative, although a lot of looting of the sites means that we don't know as much as we should. Still, it doesn't really matter, as you will see them through half closed eyes while you swill bottles of water and recover from the bus trip!
Written May 12, 2015
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LiesbethSimons
The Hague, The Netherlands66 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
Very nice little museum that gives a brief history of the region. Nice if you want some basic information about archeological places in the region. 2 impressive mummies and nice little artifacts, beautiful garden. Try not to cry if you see how they treat and fix their artifacts, they seem to try their best and make the effort to preserve it. Definetely worth the 5 soles (or 4 if you are a student)
Written March 22, 2018
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Trinigal77
Trinidad and Tobago37 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
This is a very interesting little museum packed with some nice artifacts. Not very expensive, 5 soles for the entrance. You will need to know some Spanish to read the descriptions but not really necessary if you are just taking a look. What sold me was the garden. Lovely place to sit for an hour and reflect with all the beautiful statues. Would definitely recommend a visit if you have the time.
Written February 9, 2016
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Jenn L
3 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
Great little museum. The garden with its Recuay stone sculptures is a great way to spend an hour or so. Definately need to know Spanish...but still well worth a visit if in Huaraz.
Written September 15, 2015
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roboird
Memphis, TN130 contributions
Aug 2014 • Business
Very interesting overview of the prehistory of the area with an excellent representation of materials broken down by culture period. A true highlight is the lithic garden that contains perhaps 100 sculptures particularly from the Recuay prehisotic culture displayed in a garden-like setting with benches to sit and ponder.
Written November 14, 2014
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brucegottlieb
Newington, CT60 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
A fabulous museum! I'll let Wikitravel sum it up: The Museo Regional de Ancash houses the largest collection of ancient stone sculptures in South America. It gives information about all the cultures that have inhabited the Cordillera Blanca region. It is small but interesting, it has a few mummies, some trepanned skulls (an ancient form of surgery involving cutting into the skull) and a garden of stone monoliths from the Recuay culture (400 BC to AD 600) and the Wari culture (AD 600 to 1000). A pottery collection, textiles, and metal works cover the Wari, Chimú, and Inca cultures. I can't recommend it highly enough!
Written November 29, 2013
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T0H0
Breda43 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
We went all the way to Peru to get acquainted with the pre-Inca culture, and then this little museum is a must. In it is a diversity of ceramics, in sometimes surprising shapes. The garden, apart from being a pleasant and quiet spot for reflection, has a large collection of almost-human statues, all different. The one thing that was lacking was some sort of catalog or books on the subject matter of the museum. The little shop had a small selection of spanish books, but none that seemed related.
Written September 8, 2013
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Ilets
SF / P34 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This small museum is very worth an hour or two. It does have lots of interesting artifacts and statues. Descriptions are in Spanish alone, but I still learned a lot. Easy location right down town, so pop in while you are shopping or out for lunch.
Written May 23, 2019
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John L
London, UK132 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Allow half an hour at least, there's lots in here. And don't miss the delightful garden behind the museum, full of treasure.
Written February 11, 2018
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HLR719
Seattle, WA34 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We were frustrated because the museum staff weren’t there to sell us a ticket for a long time - but once we got in, it was great. The mummies and stone statues, plus the fabrics and dioramas were all very interesting! Plus it’s easy to get to. Plan about an hour.
Written December 29, 2017
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