From the jungles to the coasts, to the Andes, there are museums all over Peru. It’s easy to find your way to the most famous ones. But here is a guide to some of the interesting museums of Peru that you might not know about yet.
Joicy V. Bartra Cultural Center – Chazuta
If you find yourself in the indigenous jungle community of Chazuta, it’s worth your while to make a stop at the Joicy V. Barta Cultural Center. At the museum, you’ll get a guided tour through an exhibit of Joicy V. Barta’s sculptures, which were inspired by the legends and stories of indigenous people of the jungles. You’ll also find a collection of historical photographs that tell the story of Chuzuta’s history. The village of Chazuta is located about two hours outside of Tarapoto.
Regional museum of Ancash – Huaraz
This museum is full of artifacts from indigenous cultures that used to live in the area of Ancash. Within this exhibit, you’ll also have the chance to learn about important ancient cities and ruins that exist in the area. Contrary to popular belief, Ancash was home to many indigenous groups. The Chavin culture, which created the great temple of Chavin de Huantar, was just among many societies that once ruled this area.
Address: Av. Mariscal Toribio de Luzuriaga, Huaraz
Chavin National Museum – Chavin
If you’re visiting the temple Chavin de Huantar, then don’t miss this museum. It’s full of engravings, statues, and ceremonial objects from the Chavin culture. The museum focuses on the story of the rise and the fall of indigenous cultures of this region. It explores the temple of Chavin de Huantar in-depth.
Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9a-5p
Location: Av. 17 de enero, Prolongación Norte
Phone: (043) 454011
The Museum of Amazonian Indigenous Culture – Iquitos
Before you go out to explore the jungles around Iquitos, why not stop at the Museum of Amazonian Indigenous Cultures. The museum is small, but thoroughly explores the history of the indigenous people of the Amazon.
Address: Malecón Tarapaca 332, Iquitos
The house and museum of Maria Reiche – Nasca
This museum is located several minutes outside of the city of Nasca but is worth your time to visit if you want to explore some of the region’s unique history. Maria Reiche came from Germany to study the Nasca lines and fell so deeply in love with her work that she decided to call Nasca her home. She was instrumental in helping to protect the lines, and in bringing attention to their importance. She eventually became known as “the lady of the lines.”
The museum is small and includes photos about her life, as well as various artifacts that have been recovered from the Nasca lines.
Location: km 421.3 on the Pan American Highway, in the town of San Jose
Phone: 993 997 212
Hours: Tues-Sun 8a-5p
Cusco coca museum
If you haven’t yet had the chance to delve deep into exploring the history and the context of the coca plant, make a trip to this museum. Coca continues to be one of the most important plants for people of the Andes. There is a deep and fascinating story about the relationship between humans and the coca leaf.
Address: 618 618, Cuesta de San Blas, Cusco
Hours: Mon-Sun 8a-7p
Phone: (084) 501020