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Pre-Columbian Art Museum
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Pre-Columbian Art Museum Tour with Dinner
Ranked #23 of 173 things to do in Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 19, 2013

...especially if you're on your way 'down' [or up to] from San Blas or want to check out the MAP cafe menu [lunch and dinner different]. Think this was about 7$USD and we spent about 60-75 minutes walking around and taking pictures in the not-so-huge museum. The initial rooms are split into time-based/cultural items followed by silver, gold, and shells--yup seashells--collections that appeared largely as jewelry. The museum was relatively empty when we stopped by mid-afternoon and it's eerily quiet. Some, but not all, of the displays have English equivalents but that's not really a big deal since the details of interest (dates, etc.) translate easily. Probably be a 3.5 star if I could split the difference and is worth seeing as far as museums, but there's so much 'natural' stuff to see I'd put those ahead of this when time limited. Bathrooms clean too if only a little chilly ;)

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

What a collection...pre-historic stone tools, carvings, ceramic bowls, textiles and even Inca mummies! This place has it all and was our favorite museum. I believe it was only 10 soles to get in... a real bargain!

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

A sister museum to the famous one in Lima. This was nice for us since we didn't visit Lima on our trip to Peru, but still got to see the pre-columbian pieces. The museum is in a nice, well-appointed building. Photography was allowed(!). Not a lot of people, so you could stroll through the whole thing at your own leisure in about an hour and a half. This museum did a good job of having an English translation for virtually every plaque, which is more than can be said for some other museums.

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Of all the museums I visited in Peru I would have to say that the Pre-Columbian Art Museum was my favorite. It is a bit smaller than some of the other museums you might come across but that just makes it more manageable and more room to see the exhibits. There is a fairly nice courtyard to the museum and it gives the museum a nice breezy feel to it.

The museum is also one of the very few sites in Cuzco that allows you to take photographs of the exhibits. Much appreciated for the tourist! Would highly recommend for a few hours.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Unlike the other museums I went to in Cusco, this one allowed photography as long as you did not use a flash. Very nice collection of pottery and other artifacts. The gold ear and nose ornaments were pretty interesting.

1  Thank Lucania1001
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