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Museum of Viceroyal art of Santa Teresa, Arequipa

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The Museo de Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa de Arequipa, opened to the public on June 16, 2005, with the objective of generating income for the reconstruction of the Santa Teresa Monastery, which was damaged by the 2001 earthquake.

It is known as Museo Vivo (Living Museum) because it has a traditional natural environment and contains a large number of objects that belonged to the old Cloister of Peru from the 16th to the 19th century.

Where is it located?

The Museo de Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa is located at Calle Melgar 303, in the Cercado de Arequipa.

Hours and entrance fee

For this visit, it is important to have the necessary information about the opening hours of the Santa Teresa Viceroyalty Art Museum, which is open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

At a cost of:

— 20.00 soles for the general public.

— 10.00 soles for seniors.

— 6.00 soles for university students.

— 4 soles for school students.

The entrance fee does not include a guided tour, which has an additional cost.

In this same category, the Museum has promotions for special dates, school groups and one that consists of bringing two or more friends to get free admission.

What to see and do at the Santa Teresa Museum?

The Museo de arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa offers guided tours, areas for photographic experiences and others for the presentation of conferences, concerts and cultural activities. Among all, it also contains valuable objects that are still in use for more than 3 centuries, these are located in the following spaces and exhibition halls:

  • Cloister of the Offices, was built after 1750 and highlights the pool carved in alabaster (white stone for decoration) in the beautiful garden it has.
  • Patio de la Cerería, it was used for the elaboration of wax candles during that time.
  • Yellow Corridor, in this space lived the service personnel who helped the entire community of nuns.
  • Room of Interpretation of Viceroyal Art, where the sample of the mural painting worked in ashlar is presented, from its elaboration to the technique of painting.
  • Sala de la Orden del Carmen, exhibits paintings by Santa Teresa de Jesús and San Juan de la Cruz.
  • Room of the Nativity and the Holy Family, a space that was used for the confections of religious vestments and where the valuable Nativity Chest made with pieces from Ecuador in 1730 is located.
  • Chapter House, used as a point for the decision making of the nuns, an action that still remains today and also shows a variety of canvases of European engravings in which highlights two scenes from the life of King David "The Adoration of the Golden Calf".
  • Room of the Passion of Christ, shows the Via Crusis complete with 14 canvases with rococo style frames and a single showcase with the carving of Christ of baroque tendency.
  • Hall of the Saints of the Church, a special space that closes its doors at noon for the ringing of the three bells that call the Angelus.
  • Hall of the Virgin Mary, where the nuns participate in hymns and festive masses.
  • Cotidiano I Life Room, it was a visiting room for the nuns and now it is used as an exhibition space for objects of the nuns' work.
  • Cotidiano II Hall of Life, where a selection of porcelain pieces from China, Spain, England and other countries is displayed.
  • Hall of Angels and Archangels, is an environment where there is a collection of angels and archangels represented in sculptures and paintings.
  • Temporary Exhibition Hall, which was a storage room for preserving food and where there are three niches with a lower temperature.

Another action that will catch your attention, is presented at 12:00 noon. Where you can not help but hear and feel a unique experience that will gladden your soul by praying the Angelus between chants of the nuns who live in the place.

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