Museum of the Nation

A Collection of Pre-Hispanic Artifacts

If you want an in-depth and comprehensive look at Peru's pre-Hispanic cultures across the ages, Lima's Museo de la Nación (Museum of the Nation) is a must-see. Peru's largest museum and one if its most important, it's a great place to get your bearings before venturing out to explore the archaeological sites themselves. And considering Peru's exceedingly long and complex pre-Columbian history, a bit of orientation comes in very handy.

Beyond its austere concrete façade (courtesy of the military government of the 70s) you'll find ancient ceramics, textiles, metallurgic objects, utensils, mummies, traditional costumes, scale models of the country's principal archaeological sites and replicas of pre-colonial life. Don't miss the remarkable collection of Moche, Nazca and Wari ceramics, the famous Revolt of the Objects Mural or the reproduction of the Lord of Sipán burial chamber. You'll also want to check out the reproductions of friezes found at Huaca La Luna and Huaca El Brujo, artifacts from Batán Grande and models of Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. The artifacts are organized chronologically across the museum's four floors in such a way that each successive civilization's highlights and achievements are apparent, and it's helpful that the displays are labeled in both Spanish and English. Aside from its permanent displays the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions of work by Peruvian and international artists as well as concerts of the National Symphony Orchestra.

(0.5 mile from Museum of the Nation)
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