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Inca Museum

Cusco, Inca Museum

The museum is located in El Palacio del Almirante, a grand colonial building. It is also known as the Archaeological Museum of Cusco, contains artifacts that trace Peruvian history from pre-Inca civilizations and Inca culture to the impact of the Conquest and colonial times on these native cultures. Explanations are in English. Be sure to check out the stunning collection of miniature turquoise figures, among other examples of offerings to the gods. You may also have a chance to partake in the weaving demonstrations that take place in the courtyard.

Regional Historical Museum

Cusco, Regional Historical Museum

The Regional Historical Museum of Cusco is one of the most visited museums in the city. Founded in 1984, and now occupies the House of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. It has an important collection of paintings of Cusco Academy. The most important are San Ignacio Obispo, Santa Marta and San Sebastián. There are also sculptural wood relieves of Bernardo Bitti, as well as work of Pablo Chilli Tupa, Antonio Vilca, Geronimo Gutierrez and Diego Quispe Tito. On the ground floor, there are archaeological pieces of Cusco and the Peruvian coast.

Museum of Religious Art

Cusco, Museo de Arte Religioso

The museum is located on the corner of one of Cusco's most extraordinary streets, Hatunrumliyoc, a pedestrian alleyway lined with magnificent Inca stonemasonry. The museums displays a fine collection of colonial artifacts and paintings of the "School of Cusco" . The building was constructed on the site of Inca Roca's palace. The Archbishop's Palace features an impressive portal and Moorish-style doors, balcony, carved-cedar ceilings, stunning stained-glass windows, and small chapel.

Museum of Santa Catalina's Convent

Cusco, Santa Catalina Museum

Santa Catalina Convent and Art Museum was opened in 1610, founded by Lucia Isabel Rivera de Padilla. It is still an active Dominican convent. It was built on the Inca ruins of Acllawasi, where chosen Inca women would dedicate their life to teaching, weaving Inca ceremonial robes and sun worship. Today the Monastery houses a religious art collection, including paintings from the famous Escuela Cusqueña.

Pre-Columbian Art Museum

Cusco, Museo Precolombino de Arte

this archaeological museum features part of the vast collection of pre-Columbian works belonging to the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum in Lima. Housed in an erstwhile Inca ceremonial court, Santa Clara convent, and later colonial mansion (Casa Cabrera) of the Conquistador Alonso Díaz are 450 pieces -- about 1% of the pieces in storage at the museum in Lima -- dating from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1532. Halls exhibit gold and silver handicrafts, jewelry, ceramics, and other artifacts depicting the rich traditions from the Nasca, Moche, Huari, Chimú, Chancay, and Inca cultures. Although the number of pieces isn't overwhelming, they are all beautifully lighted and displayed.


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