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A city as historic as Cusco that stands out not only for its valuable archaeological remains of the pre-Inca and Inca cultures, but we can also find constructions of the colonial and republican era, among them are the historical, archaeological and religious museums.

Undoubtedly, to know each of these sites we must explore the navel of the world-and have a deeper vision of what was and what is; one of the best ways to know the history is touring each of the museums that Cusco has, here is a brief overview of each of them.

The 10 best museums in Cusco

Plan your schedule to visit the following museums that have a lot to teach us:

Inka Museum

We begin our adventure visiting the Inka Museum, located at 154 Ataúd Street near the Plaza de Armas Cusco. In this museum we can see everything about the Inca culture and its legacy, in the place you will find collections of archaeological pieces from jewelry, gold and metal objects, textiles, keros and cranial trepanations, among other remains.

Also, this colonial mansion was built in the early seventeenth century, in the place you will not only find Inca remains, also exhibit colonial paintings belonging to the Cusco School in which portraits of Incas and curacas of the seventeenth century.

Pre-Columbian Art Museum

We continue and go to the museum of Pre-Columbian Art, located in the Plaza Nazarenas belonging to the district of San Blas. Here are exposed archaeological objects and representative pieces to the different regions of ancient Peru, many of them stand out from the year 1250 BC to 1532 AD that initially were the domain of the Larco Museum in Lima.

Also called MAP Cusco, it has ten rooms categorized in an evolutionary way, there are the rooms of the Wood, Nazca, Mochica, Huari, Chimu, Inca, Viceroyalty, a room of Gold and finally the Silver Room, many of them telling us a story that perhaps we did not know.

Museo De Arte Precolombino
Pre-Columbian Art Museum

Santa Catalina Museum

The museum of Santa Catalina in the beginning was the House of the Chosen or the Acllahuasi, since in Inca times the most beautiful women of the Inca empire were confined there; after some time this place became a museum that exhibits Cusquenian paintings from the XVII and XVIII centuries among other traces belonging to the colonial era.

You can find it at Plazoleta de Santa Catalina n.º 401.

Casa Concha Museum

Do you want to know more about Machu Picchu and the Incas? Then Casa Concha is the right place, because here you will find the most complete collection of the Incas, among them are the archaeological remains found in the citadel of Machu Picchu.

The museum exhibits at least 400 Inca pieces, including what Hiram Bingham (American explorer who made Machu Picchu public) discovered; the Concha House is one of the places we should not miss, because it shows us how the Incas lived.

It is located at 320 Santa Catalina Ancha Street, a few steps from the Plaza Mayor of Cusco.

Museum of Religious Art

This museum has a variety of collections of religious colonial paintings, also has a courtyard with Renaissance architecture ranging from a stone arcade and tiles on the wall, decorated with a sink, it is also recognized because in its exterior walls is the "stone of the 12 angles".

To get to this museum we must go to Hatunrumiyoq street with the intersection of Herrajes street.

Regional Historical Museum

The Regional Historical Museum invites us to discover the importance of each of the periods through which Peru has passed, displaying a variety of paleontological and archaeological objects dating back to prehistoric times.

It is located on Garcilaso Street a few steps from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, here you will find archaeological pieces ranging from pre-Hispanic to colonial times, for its part the house is also emblematic, as this was the home of the poet Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, one of the first Peruvian mestizos.

Qoricancha Site Museum

Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun is one of the constructions that surprised and enchants even today, despite having been largely destroyed, this place still shows the union of two Inca and Catholic cultures.

It has a lot to show, so visiting the museum of Qoricancha allows us to know more about the ancient inhabitants of Cusco, and what we can see are a collection of paintings, sculptures of sacred Inca idols and wood carvings that were very important in the Inca Empire.

This museum has five rooms in which they will explain us about the Inca evolution, you can visit it in the Av. El Sol, it is next to the temple of Santo Domingo, of reference the main track.

Museo De Sitio Qoricancha
Qoricancha Site Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art

Located in the same Municipality of Cusco, this museum of Contemporary Art has more than 280 works that were made by local, national and foreign artists, among the oldest we find Remigia Mendoza's oil painting on the Vilcanota River.

It has three exhibition rooms in the Municipal Palace, another in the Chapel of San Bernardino and the last one in the Crafts Exhibition (Municipal Palace).

Folk Art Museum

The museum of Popular Art has several representations of outstanding masters among them we find sculptures, photographs, ceramic works among other works of renowned artisans of Cusco.

It is one of the museums that exhibits several works of different Cusco artists, among them we can find the sculptures with elongated necks belonging to Hilario Mendívil and other artists. The museum is located in Galerías Turísticas on El Sol Avenue, a center belonging to the Municipality of Cusco.

Museo De Arte Popular
Folk Art Museum

Cusco Cathedral Museum

Last but not least, we finish visiting the museums and we do not go to the museum of the Cathedral of Cusco, this place in its interior have valuable artistic works that were made by indigenous and Spanish artists.

Representations made from two points of view, inside you can see paintings, sculptures and carvings of the Cusco School belonging to the seventeenth century.

Actually the different museums in Cusco have many things to teach us, so I recommend that if you are going to visit the different museums make a visit plan, according to their schedules and distance between each one of them.

Why visit the museums of Cusco?

Visiting museums shows us the reality of each era, in which we can see the development of each moment that were reflected in paintings, sculptures, carvings and other objects that can be found in each of the museums.

Also, if you want to know a little more about the history of Cusco and Peru, this is one of the ways to get to know them.

What tips should be followed when visiting museums in Cusco?

  • Before visiting each museum you should make a tour map, so that you can make the most of your day visiting museums.
  • Please note the opening hours and holidays.
  • If you are going to bring a camera, ask beforehand if you are allowed to take pictures, as there may be a penalty if you do not comply with the museum requirements.
  • Try to observe as much as you can in the museums, you may not visit them again, and if you do it will be a long time, so I recommend that you always give yourself the necessary time for each of them.
  • One of the things you should keep in mind is that some museum rates vary, so you should find out the price of each one of them and how they are categorized for each public.

Requirements to visit the museums of Cusco for national and foreign tourists

The requirements to visit the different museums will depend on whether you are a national or foreign tourist.

National tourist: You must always have your valid ID card or foreigner's card in case you are a resident; these will be important, as they are required before entering these sites. Please note that it also applies to university students who can get a discount, but they must carry their university card.

Foreign tourists: Likewise, to enter the museums they must present their passport or identity card, as well as they will have to pay a fee per adult, foreign student and will have to present their international card (international Student Indenticard or ISIC in force), in which they must prove an age of 25 years maximum and carry their foreigner's document to enter.

Whether you are a national or foreign tourist, you must always identify yourself with your ID card to enter museums, archaeological sites and other entities, so always have these documents in hand.

Cusco Museums

Machu Picchu Museum of theConcha House in Cusco

Machu Picchu Museum of theConcha House in Cusco

Machu Picchu Museum of the Concha House, one of the most valuable of the city of Cusco, is of colonial
Qorikancha Site Museum

Qorikancha Site Museum

Qorikancha Site Museum is a historical space in the city of Cusco, because it exhibits an important collection of objects,
Museum of Contemporary Art of Cusco

Museum of Contemporary Art of Cusco

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Cusco was created in 1995, an initiative that was made by the former mayor of
Discover the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of Cusco

Discover the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of Cusco

Museo de Arte Precolombino de Cusco has 3 thousand years of artistic creation, it is an incredible space that has the
Museum and Catacombs of the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi

Museum and Catacombs of the Convent of St. Francis of Assisi

The church and museum of San Francisco de Asis is a Catholic building, located in the city of Cusco, was
Coca Museum

Coca Museum

The Coca Museum is a private cultural institution that was born as a university thesis project inspired by a family
Regional Historical Museum of Cusco

Regional Historical Museum of Cusco

Visiting the city of Cusco, considered as one of the dream destinations, actually has many places to show us and
Inka Museum of Cusco

Inka Museum of Cusco

The Inka Museum of Cusco is one of the best museums that exhibits Inca objects, including mummies, ceramics, textiles and
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