Museums in Cusco
Remains of the history of Cusco are gathered in the different museums, from Pre Inca civilizations to the present.
Although much of the material and the relics found have been looted from the historical sites of the Cusco district, there are still many objects of ancient civilizations, fossils, representations of the early days of the conquest and works of art, among others.
At present, Cusco is one of the places in Peru that retains much of its historical and cultural heritage.
Like the Cathedral of Cusco, this church was built in what was an ancient and beautiful palace called Inca Huayna Capac. As for its architecture, it is in one of the best colonial baroque design in the Americas.
It presents a beautiful collection of canvases, delicate wood and maguey sculptures and unusual corners such as its underground chapel for responses or its sacristy or the breathtaking aerial corridors that reach up to the central dome.
The main attraction of this museum is its collection of Inca mummies; Its exhibitions of pre-Inca ceramics, Inca textiles, vessels, jewels, architectural models, agricultural tools and music instruments of those times are also impressive. The Inka museum has an interesting collection (it is said to be the largest in the world) of Inca vessels carved in wood (precisely made by the Qeros) and paintings and metal objects from the colonial period.Read more
The Museum of Popular Art was created thanks to the cultural contribution of the American Art Institute of Cusco. In it you can see works of art such as sculptures made of mud, rice dough in religious style, ceramic works, historical photographs of the Plaza de Armas, colonial houses, famous people of the year 1800 and also the staging of the sad episode where part of the city was destroyed during the earthquake in 1950.Read more
The chronicler Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa narrates that when he conquered the valley of Cusco, the founders of the Inca dynasty, Manko Qhapaq and his family settled in the place where the Qorikancha is now, which was built as the main temple of the Inca people, years later.Read more
This religious museum works on the first floor of the main cloister. In it you can see a valuable collection of canvases of the Cusco School on its walls, they contain representation of the saints related to the order of Mercy and the redemption of Christians captive by the Moors. Some of these works are attributed to the cusqueños teachers Basilio Santa Cruz and Ignacio Chacón.
The series on the life of San Pedro Nolasco stands out.
The Museum of Contemporary Art of the Municipality of Cusco, the only state institution in its specialization in Peru, was founded in 1995 from the sponsorship of its Mayor and the donation of 100 works by local artists by the collector Dr. Luis Rivera Dávalos.
It currently has more than 280 works by renowned local, national and foreign artists. His earliest work corresponds to the oil of Remigia Mendoza: Río Vilcanota (1897).
The Machu Picchu Museum, is located in the city of Cusco.
It exhibits objects of the Inca culture discovered in the archaeological excavations during the restoration of the Casa Concha, where it takes place.
The visitor will appreciate 366 pieces returned by Yale University in 2011.
Its construction was composed of green diorite blocks of polygonal style and semi-cyclopean blocks. One of the stones that constitutes the palace wall is the famous stone of the twelve angles. Today, when walking through this street you can see lots of travelers who stop to photograph themselves with the famous stone.Read more
From the viceregal times the nuns of Santa Catalina were known for their sophisticated embroidery on their liturgical garments with images of saints and for their delicious pastries.
The museum exhibition of the Monastery has been renewed in the years 2008 – 2009 to reflect the environment and customs of the monastic life of closure, which has preserved many ancient uses over several centuries. The objects shown in the museum belong to different eras, from the 16th century to the 20th century.
Scotiabank Bank is located in a part of the ancient architectural complex of the Tupac Inca Yupanqui Palace. In two small rooms they house pieces found in an excavation inside the building that correspond to an Inca offering. Also, lithic fragments of the colonial house built on the Inca walls are exhibited in the museum as well as native paintings.
Ticket fee: Free.
Hours: Monday to friday from 9.30 to 18.00hrs. Saturday from 9.30 to 12.30hrs.
Address: Calle Mauri 315, Cusco city.
Phone: +51 84 264300.
The works of art of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum come from the Larco Museum in Lima. Founded in 1926 by the wise Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, the Larco Museum has a preferred archaeological conception.
It is located in a beautiful 18th century mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 9th century.
The museum is located in the oldest part of the Franciscan Convent founded in the 16th century. It has a wide collection of paintings (more than 800 canvases) and viceregal sculptures, mostly from the Cusqueña School.
Among its jewels, the stalls of the high choir carved in wood with 80 seats stand out, adorned with sculptural images of Franciscan saints (seventeenth century), and the gigantic canvas of 9 x 12 meters Genealogical Tree of the Franciscan Order with 683 figures, 500 legends written and 226 heraldic shields, painted by the cusqueño artist Juan Espinoza de los Monteros at the end of the 17th century.
Adults and Students Foreigners: S/15 (Nuevos Soles).
Nationals students: S/7.50 (Nuevos Soles).
Children under 7 years old: Free entrance.
Tours include guide for free.
Hours: Monday to friday from 9.00 to 12.00 hrs. and from 15.00 to 17.00hs. Saturday from 9.00 to 12.00 hrs.
Address: San Francisco square s/n. Three blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco city.
Phone: +51 84 228272.
El monumento al Inca Pachacutec se inauguró 500 años después de la invasión de nuestra tierra, debe ser tomado como un símbolo de la nueva Perú, que inspira a perseguir la justicia social y su conquista.
Pachacutec desarrollo una sociedad con justicia, hizo su periodo genial y este monumento es un reconocimiento que le hace el pueblo en el siglo xx.
El Museo de Historia Natural, le ofrece a sus visitantes gran variedad de muestras Geológicas como minerales; paleontológicas como restos fósiles y Fauna silvestre (disecada) del Cusco y alrededores. Una de las piezas más llamativa por su antigüedad y tamaño es el inmenso colmillo de un mastodonte.
El museo consta de dos amplias salas y ofrece servicio de guía especializada de un biólogo. Su funcionamiento está regido por la Universidad San Antonio Abad.
Costo de la entrada:
Extranjeros: S/ 2.00 Nuevos Soles.
Nacionales: S/ 1.00 Nuevos Soles.
Estudiantes: S/ 0.50 Nuevos Soles.
Horario: Lunes a viernes de 8.30 a 17.00hs.
Domicilio: Paraninfo Universitario, Plaza de Armas, Ciudad de Cusco.
Teléfono: +51 84 984272864.
El Museo Histórico Regional esta situado donde fue la casa del celebre escritor Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, la cual es una reliquia del arte colonial y fue construída sobre muros incas.
Este museo da lugar a un espacio de reflexión sobre la historia regional cusqueña a través de la exposición del rico y variado patrimonio cultural que conserva; facilitando el conocimiento al público del pasado, presente y futuro de Cusco.
La primitiva capilla de San Blas ha sido construída en el año 1562 en la ciudad de Cusco. Luego del terremoto del 31 de marzo de 1650 se convirtió en un de los templo más importantes y comenzó a ser decorado con suntuosas obras de arte.
El barrio está situado en el mismo emplazamiento del antiguo barrio inca de T’oqokachi. Su arquitectura es de nave corrida con planta de cruz latina, de fachada simple y un campanario de espadaña.