Peru shows its history through its buildings and pieces preserved over time. For this reason, if you plan to visit the capital and want to know more about Peruvian culture, you can take a tour of the most important museums in Lima. Here PeruByBus brings you a guide of the best museums of the capital.


Best Museums in Lima

1. Art Museum of Lima (MALI)

The Art Museum is one of the most beautiful constructions in Peru, and one of the best museums in lima. It was built in 1870 and is considered a jewel of national architecture. MALI has a collection of more than 12 000 pieces that can be seen in its exhibitions of pre-Columbian art, colonial art, photography, textiles, contemporary art, colonial and republican silverware and many more.

Museums in Lima

With an incredible collection of art from pre-Hispanic and colonial times to modern and contemporary, this place is ideal for anyone looking to learn more about art in Peru, as well as the inspiration needed for any future artist.

The museum is located at Paseo Colon 125, Park of the Exposition in Lima. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays until 5 p.m. General entry is S/30; for Peruvians and residents S/15; for students, elderly over 65, teachers and disabled S/5; entrance for children under 8 years is free, as well as on popular Thursdays since 3 p.m.

2. Museum of the Nation

This museum is one of the most important cultural centers of the country. It has a permanent exhibition: “Unit in diversity”, where pieces of all the pre-Inca civilizations that have existed in Peru are exhibited. This collection has around 12 500 pre-Hispanic objects that include ceramics, metals and textiles from the Paracas, Moche, Wari, Lima and many other cultures. It also features 2500 pieces of colonial, republican, contemporary and popular art.

Museums in Lima

In addition, the museum holds temporary exhibitions, cultural activities, artistic and cultural workshops. It also introduces the National Choir, the National Symphony Orchestra, Ballet and folk dances. The museum is located at Javier Prado Este 2465, San Borja, and is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

3. Rafael Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is located in a beautiful viceregal mansion dating from the eighteenth century and is built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the S. VII. The museum offers several permanent exhibitions: the great room of cultures, where 5000 years of history are shown; a textile room with the presentation of the first textile vestiges; a ritual room; the collection of gold and jewels with more than 1000 pieces of gold and silver; the classified deposits with 45 000 pieces in public’s view, and beautiful gardens with large terraces. All the objects are organized meticulously by time and region.

Museums in Lima
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For the specialists, it has a restoration area that includes a laboratory for textiles, ceramics and metals. It also has a cafe with the best of Peruvian cuisine and an artistic atmosphere.

The museum is located at Bolivar Avenue 1515, Pueblo Libre. It schedule is from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. General entry is S/30, S/5 for students and minors under 15, and S/25 for the elderly (above 60). Children under 8 have free access.

4. Gold Museum

The impressive Gold Museum presents a collection of gold objects that belong to the pre-Hispanic era. Ancient elements are exhibited in its rooms, such as bracelets, necklaces, earmuffs, pectorals, nose rings, tumis, ceremonial knives, ceremonial vessels, among various objects. There are also textiles, huacos, ceramics and an interesting collection of weapons from various eras. Many of the pieces correspond to different times and civilizations.

Touring the room “Weapons of the World” is a retrospective journey across time and history: you can see swords, daggers, uniforms, spears, revolvers and pistols of various civilizations and changing cultures.

The museum is located at Alonso de Molina 1100, Monterrico, Surco. It opens from Monday to Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance fee is S/33 for adults and S/16 for children under 11.


In our culturally and historically rich city, museums in Lima are more than just places to learn about the art and history of our country; they offer fascinating and didactic experiences that both children and adults can take pleasure in.