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“So much to look at”

Casinelli Museum (Museo Arqueologico Casinelli)
Ranked #26 of 58 things to do in Trujillo
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a private museum. The museum is apparently going to be refurbished. It needs it. There is a wealth of treasures in those small rooms, but they are not shown to their advantage. Imagine those wonderful pre-inca pieces being presented individually on a pedestal or behind a clean window with proper lighting! This is a treasure, it needs to be taken care of.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

A little hidden away gem of an archaeological museum (the name is incorrect above - it's Museo Cassinelli Mazzei), currently behind a massive construction site. This is a private collection of roughly 1000 well maintained and great condition artifacts from pre-Incan cultures in the local region. The artifacts on display are part of a much larger collection of over 6000 that are, unfortunately for the research world, locked away in a private bank vault. The collection on display is nicely arrayed, though completely without any descriptions of what you're seeing, other than general shelf categorizations of what epoch things come from. Although we enjoyed ourselves immensely, we have a bit of background in the field, I'd imagine it would be more difficult to get a grasp on the collection without that.

The display room is in the basement beyond a series of security doors and a flight of steps, there is no wheelchair access if you need it - there's probably not room in the display room for one even if you could get down the stairs.

Thank saltshaker
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Just outside the old once-walled section of Trujillo, walking distance from the beautiful Plaza de Armas, this basement is stocked full of intact, fabulous pottery that is often one of a kind! Don't miss it. I was there for Chrismas week and by myself almost the whole time. They close for lunch between 12 and 2, so plan to go in the morning is best. It is all PreColumbian, of course, with a huge Moche representation and a good number of pieces from Chavin, including pieces that I saw nowhere else in Peru. It is overshadowed only by the Museo Larco in Lima which is probably without a doubt one of the best collections of Peruano ceramics on earth. What a surprise!

Thank Patrick63PaulaToo
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

A fantastic find, tucked behind a petrol station, in a tiny basement. Mr Casinelli is no longer with us, but a very nice guide gave us a detailed explanation of all the pieces (in Spanish only)
Make sure you ask to see the erotica, including depictions of gay sex, masturbation and syphilis. It's sealed behind a door, but the guide was raring to show it off!
Honestly this one room was better than anything I saw at Chan Chan, the Huaco del Sol y la Luna, or Moche. Make sure you see it.

Thank Naomi M
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Who would have thought that you would find an amazing museum filled with pre Columbian ceramics in the basement of a gas station in northern Peru? Well, this place exists and it is the Casinelli Museum in Trujillo. Mr. Casenilli, an Italian imigrant, began collecting pre-Columbian ceramics in the 1940s and in the early 1970s he decided to open a little museum in the basement of his gas station. There are about 1500 objects on display at any one time (out of the 6,000 or so objects in the collection). There are no locked glass display cases. Everything is right out in the open where you can get right up to an object for close observation. The guide even let me blow into a couple of 1500 year old musical instruments! There is an amazing display of Moche erotic ceramics that is behind a wooden door. Make sure the guide shows you these. Those Moche were something else!

It's well worth the short cab ride to go to this place. One of the best museums I've been to in a long time.

2  Thank Craig T
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