Lesser-Known Museums To Visit In Peru

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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

Photo: Scott Montgomery

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.

 

Address: Av. Principal de Chazuta Cdra. 9 S/N frente al, Rio Huallaga, San Juan de Lurigancho
Hours: 8a-5p Mon-Sat
Phone: 993 997 212

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

Hours: Tues-Fri – 9-5:15p; Sun – 9-2:15p; Mon – Closed
Phone: (043) 421551

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

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 8a-8p
Phone: (065) 235809

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

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Scott Montgomery is a multi-medium storyteller and holistic creative, a travel guide and transformational coach, whose core mission is to help others to live authentically with purpose and intention in order to make an impact in the world. After earning his masters degree in creative writing at Arizona State University in 2013, he made the move to Peru in order to write about indigenous communities of the jungles and the Andes, and to explore what this might have to do with his own life path. These years of traveling and living across the country have helped him to embrace a more purposeful lifestyle that's guided by the values of collaboration, creativity, and transformation. To find out more about what Scott's up to and how you can get involved, visit his personal website www.voyagewithscott.com