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Casinelli Museum (Museo Arqueologico Casinelli)
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Treasures in abundance

We loved the pieces of art from the antiquities, and our guide's educational commentary, but the... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2015
Carfull
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Good show, but also a mixed blessing!

I came here first in 2004 and met Mr Cassinelli himself (he died in 2012, apparently) who was a... read more

Reviewed May 3, 2014
LSO1973
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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Yes , this museum location now closed. Collection (which is amazing) has been moved go a new location, in town of Moche municipal building. Did not make it there, but poster at Huaca de la Luna had info (see photo).

Thank RossJ42
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Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

We found the museum closed and deserted. An interested bystander informed us the collection has been moved to Moche township. Possibly the new museum near the Temple of th Moon.

Thank ConnieE429
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Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I waited and waited at the proper time. 2+ hours only because the other reviews. Door was open, radio was on but the gate was closed. Shame it is poorly run.

Thank Jakob A
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Reviewed October 8, 2015

We went there just by walking from the main square. It was not that easy to find, because from outside is very simple, you can even think that there is not a museum in there! We knock the door and a very gentle guy invited us to come in. The collection is located in the basement, and at a first impression you might thing that is not worth doing... but trust me it is! since not many people go there... you have all the time you want to appreciate every piece of the collection!
The guide explain us the history of every single piece and he leave one part of the collection by the end: the Moche erotic potteries. To get to see them, is up to you!
The only bad thing is that this museum is poorly managed, it could be better!

Thank Rodguz
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Reviewed September 28, 2015

The colection of Pre Hispanic art is amazing. It is one of the best private collections in Peru . The problem is that it is poorly managed . Call first befor going

Thank PepePitMD
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Reviewed August 11, 2015

modest but comprehensive museum run by U of Trujillo. amazing artifacts and well laid out. worth the visit, about 3dollars unless you are a senior which makes it half of that.

Thank Bertha G
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Reviewed June 25, 2015

It was closed for a long time since I was last there in 2009. Now it is open again and recently I had a private visit with a friend of the famiy Casinelli. There seems to be an inner battle going on as what to do with the pieces. SInce teh owner and colelctor died and left it for the family to decide to sell or keep teh pieces. They have more pieces than they can show, and unfortunately most of them are cramped together on shelves. If they ahd the budget for a museum like the Larco's in Lima it would benefit largely the unique collection. Chimu, Lambayeque (Sican), Inca, Mochica, Huari, Recuay, etc...they're within reach; pick your favourite. Worth every penny for a pre-colombian history buff like me.

Thank Alann D
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Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

We loved the pieces of art from the antiquities, and our guide's educational commentary, but the collection clearly desires a better facility, and curating. One small room filled with an abundance of ceramics, and a bit of worked metals.

Thank Carfull
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

I came here first in 2004 and met Mr Cassinelli himself (he died in 2012, apparently) who was a charming and utterly repentant old rogue. He used to run fuel stations, and it was from this that his money came. His collection is about 7000 pieces that was accumulated from grave robbers over about 40 years, although he added that he used to do some active collecting himself when he was younger, and that he was now too old for it (at the time he was 82). I went back at the very start of May 2014. The collection has shrunk with remarkable rapidity, and only about 1500 of the original items are on display, the rest being in a bank vault in Trujillo. There are also extensive rumours that many have been sold privately; his offspring are allegedly planning to build a museum near to the Huacas del Moche, although frankly I will believe it when I see it. The pieces that are left are fine for the casual observer although there are several very obvious fakes - if you know more than a little about the cultures in question you will spot a lot more slightly more subtle counterfeits, too. Photography is allowed although flashes are not (this can maybe be negotiated if you're eloquent about it). The cultures are arranged in a hysterically bizarre fashion, each pot tied into its shelf with fishing line. There is also a cupboard containing the obligatory naughty Moche sex ceramics. The star of the show for me is the mummified foetus on the desk. To my mind it (actually she) has spina bifida, although Mr C and I had a big argument about this back in the day. He favoured anencephaly...so take a look and see what you think. As a resource for art history the collection is good, but it's absolute death to archaeology 'proper' - the contexts from which these pieces were ripped is now absolutely destroyed and we shall never know anything about the people to whom the items belonged, their status, their wealth, gender, health and much else besides. Still, do go take a look - it's an unusual experience, and certainly the most fun you will ever have under a fuel station...

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

It is in a dusty basement. Senor Casenelli gave us a tour himself. It is his private collection. Some vessels are faces of Africans which makes one wonder if Africans once walk the continest of South America.

Thank melannneo
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