Museums in Cusco


The Inca Museum has a very valuable historical importance, because in the time of the Incas it was the home of the Inca Huáscar who was the emperor of Tahuantinsuyo. It is also known as Casa del Almirante because it was built in the 17th century by Admiral Alderete Maldonado. This structure is preserved to this day, despite the fact that in 1950 it was damaged by an earthquake. However, in 1952 part of the establishment was demolished and later restored. In the process, original pieces and a significant number of coffered ceilings were lost. The treasures that this museum keeps date from pre-Inca times to the 20th century. There the history of Cusco is summarized.

here we are going to find In chronological order, the Archaeological Museum of Cusco (it is also known that way) shows the development of several pre-Inca cultures such as Chavín (1000 BC), Marcavalle (1000 BC), Nazca (1000 BC). ). C.), Wari (800 AD) and others until the beginning of the Incas. In addition, the exhibition highlights the importance of the environment, subsistence techniques, activities and even the recreation of an Inca tomb or also called Mallki Wasi. Its collection brings together important pieces such as textiles, ceremonial vessels, ceremonial vessels (keros), gold and silver work, weapons of war, mummified human remains and much more.

The Inca Museum is located on Cuesta del Almirante 103, near the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. Peruvians pay 5 soles and those from other countries pay 10 soles. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. at 6 p.m. On Saturdays and holidays the service is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m


The regional historical museum is a colonial house located in the city of Cusco, Peru. It occupies the lot located in the south corner of Plaza Regocijo. It stands out for having been the house where Inca Garcilaso de la Vega was born and lived in the 16th century. Since 1972 this house is part of the Monumental Zone of Cusco declared as a Historical Monument of Peru, Also, in 1983 it was declared by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity The house belonged to Francisco de Oñate and from 1560, to the Spanish conqueror Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas, the Inca princess Isabel Chimpu Ocllo lived with his wife and it is in this place where the chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega was born. . In the 1960s, the definitive restoration was approved by the architect Víctor Pimentel Gurmendi. In 1967 the property was expropriated by the Peruvian government to be used as the headquarters of the Regional Historical Museum. The house was built on an Inca platform, whose base is the foundations of the current construction and forms the unevenness of the rent. This building had religious importance, located in the eighth ceque towards Chinchaysuyo established by the Inca Huayna Capac. Its current morphology is typically colonial, with a marked Andalusian style, a house with a central patio, surrounded by spaces with a door to the patio

In this museum we can find valuable objects of painting, ceramics, metallurgy, textiles of the pre-Inca and Inca cultures, videos of the life of Tupac Amaru II, who revealed himself to the Spanish crown in 1780 and was killed by 4 horses pulling his arms and legs, in another room we can see another video of the history and life of the Inca chronicler Garcilazo dela Vega, where you will learn a lot about Peruvian history.

The hours of operation are from Monday to Sunday and holidays. from 08.00 to 17.00, payment is within the tourist ticket, with that ticket you get free.


This museum is very small and has five rooms where the history of the ancestors who lived in these valleys of Cusco is explained didactically, with pre-Inca, Inca and colonial pieces, mostly from the excavations carried out in the Koricancha (in Quechua Qorikancha) During the period 1992-1995, Mr. Daniel Estrada Pérez was mayor of Cusco. It shows the chronological evolution of the civilization in Cusco. It exhibits fragments and ceramics from the Inca period, as well as samples of metallurgy, textiles, painting, sculpture, musical instruments, etc. It also presents a model of what the Qoricancha could have been. There are also replicas of the objects found in the excavations carried out in the place, ceramic samples, lithic pieces, from the pre-Inca and Inca periods. It has five rooms where the history of our ancestors is didactically explained.

It is also shown with a graphic on the Andean worldview and the pachamama, in another room we find the trepanations of skulls and mummies.

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. at 5:00 p.m. – Sundays from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Entrance price: Included in the Tourist Ticket.


The Machu Picchu Museum of Casa Concha was built on the palace of the Inca Túpac Yupanqui. It displays hundreds of artifacts extracted by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911 and 1912. These objects were returned to Peru in 2011. Today, this small but fascinating museum is one of the best options before your trip to Machu Picchu. In this museum there are 360 ​​pieces, there are ceramic objects, lithics, tumis (knives), ribbons, tweezers, mirrors, aríbalos and construction tools. The exhibition is divided into 3 collections: a) Hiram Bingham Collection, b) UNSAAC Collection c) Casa Concha Collection

We can find educational models of the excavation process in Machu Picchu as well as interactive videos. However, the greatest importance of the Hiram Bingham collection are the many ceramic, lithic and metallic objects such as the famous knife or ‘tumi’, it also includes bone remains (a male between 23 and 25 years old Yale University in the United States took around 100 years to return the objects brought from Machu Picchu during the excavations. The Inca objects returned are: ceramics, lithic pieces, metal pieces, decorative objects and bone remains. 366 good quality Inca objects were returned and are already on display. Today, most of the objects can be seen in the Casa Concha Museum. Some objects found in Machu Picchu have the characteristics of distant regions of northern Peru. This would show that the Inca City had a more important role than simply being the resting house of the Inca ruler. The skeletons found at Machu Picchu show no signs of hard work or violence, so life must have been quiet. In addition there were people dedicated to basic activities such as: cooking, cleaning and knitting. The elite devoted themselves to religious worship.

The Machu Picchu Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. at 5 p.m.

The Machupicchu Museum does not open on Sundays. The entrance to the Casa Concha Museum is purchased directly at the door of the house.

These are the prices: Peruvian 10 soles, from other countries 20 soles and free for people of cusco.

The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art was a ceremonial kancha (patio) in the time of the Incas, in 1580 it would become the mansion of the conqueror Alonso Díaz, since June 2003. It is the only museum dedicated to recovering the art of antiquity. cultures. Peru. The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is the first Peruvian museum that exhibits the artistic creations of ancient Peruvian cultures. These established a line of art that was and will continue for many generations, motivated by expressions of the Andean culture. These ancient creations are a source of admiration for art enthusiasts and artists seeking inspiration.

The collection of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art consists of 450 works of art, which were made between 1250 BC. and 1532 AD and that they were selected from 45,000 objects found in the deposits of the Larco Museum in Lima. The exhibition uses texts in Spanish, English and French to show the artistic context of the collection organized in 11 rooms, designed with the highest and modern standards of museography, to allow you to fully enjoy the art of the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru. The museum displays works of art from diverse cultures ranging from the coast of Peru to the western side of the Andes Mountains. Among these you can find artistic expressions of the Salinar, Cupisnique, Viru, Vicus and Paracas cultures in their formation phase, where a great advance is noted in terms of ceramics, there are naturalistic and symbolic expressions; painting and sculpture would develop later, in due course. There are naturalistic and symbolic representations, many of these works were enriched with beautiful decorations, where the artist Cupisnique reached a high level. The negative painting technique must have been the result of experimentation and failed attempts, which reached their greatest advance in the immediate moment before the highest cultural development.

Hours of operation: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00 hrs. (even on vacation) Ticket prices: General admission: S / 20 (US $ 7) Student ticket: S / 10 (US $ 3) Capacity: 120 people Address: Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – Plazoleta Nazarenas 231, Cusco, Peru This museum is not included in the Cusco Tourist Ticket; If you want more information about this museum or about any activity in Cusco, including the Inca city of Machu Picchu, contact us [email protected]

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