Museums In Cusco

In addition to enchanting and beautiful places, Cusco offers a wide variety of museums and attractions near the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco for everyone in the family. Museo Machupicchu Casa Concha
During the early days of the conquest this house of picturesque balconies was the residence of a noticeable aristocrat called José de Santiago Concha. It features 360 pieces from Machu Picchu returned by Yale University in 2012. It also shows pedestals and cabinets, ceramic pieces, stone, metal and skeletal remains unearthed from the premises of Casa Concha and some pieces from the Inca Museum.

  • Address : Santa Catalina Ancha Street 320
  • Opening hours :09:00am – 05:00pm Mon-Sat

Museo Monasterio de Santa Catalina de Sena
During Inca times it was called the Acllawasi (House of the Chosen). It recruited the most beautiful women of the empire, who were destined to worship the sun or to the devoted service of the Inca, to textile labors and cooking. The Monastery of Santa Catalina was founded in 1601 in the city of Arequipa, but was soon transferred to Cusco because of a series of devastating natural disasters that occurred in that city in the early 17th century. Dona Lucia Rivera de Padilla, a widow owner of a great fortune had the initiative of founding it. The first 25 nuns arrived at Cusco in February 1605. The architecture of the museum is in exquisite colonial style from the late Renaissance with Romanic arches. It features the chapter with paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries and huge tapestries.

  • Address : Santa Catalina Angosta Street 401
  • Opening hours :08:30am – 05:30pm Mon-Sat, 02.00pm – 5.00pm Sun

Palacio del Arzobispo
The Archbishop's Palace is built on the impressive pre-Hispanic foundations of Inca Roca Palace, location of the famous "twelve angled stone". Its rich collection of colonial pictorial art series includes the 17th century paintings "Corpus Christi" (anonymous) and "Zodiaco" by painter Diego Quispe Tito.

  • Address : Hatunrumiyoc Street
  • Opening hours : 8:00am-5:00pm Mon-Sat

Museo Convento de Santo Domingo Qorikancha
It combines the remains of the Qoricancha -the main temple of the Inca Empire- with the Dominican Convent built on top of it from centuries 15th to 17th. The museum has collections of colonial art, costumes and liturgical objects, as well as contemporary art. The most famous canvas, from late 16th century is "Meeting of Pizarro and Atahualpa in Cajamarca". The Convent has a library and an auditorium. Its cultural activity includes art competitions, temporary art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, book presentations and theater performances.
Museo de sitio "Qoricancha"
A small underground exhibit of the archaeological pieces found in excavations of the esplanade in front of the Qoricancha temple of the Incas. It has general information about the Inca culture.

  • Address : Plazoleta Santo Domingo Street
  • Opening hours : 8:30am-5:30pm Mon-Sat, 2-5pm Sun

Museo de Arte Precolombino BBVA Banco Continental & Museo Larco
The museum was designed to highlight the aesthetic side of Peru's Pre-Columbian art. It contains a selection of pieces from different periods and cultures from the Museo Larco in Lima, which was founded in 1926 by the amateur archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle. The museum is in an imposing colonial house known as Casa Cabrera.

  • Address : Plazoleta Nazarenas Street 231
  • Opening hours : 9am-10pm Mon-Sun
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Museo Inca de la Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad de Cusco (UNSAAC)
It has an important archaeological collection of Inca and other cultures of the region of Cusco. It includes a large collection of Q'eros (painted ceremonial vessels) of the colonial era and a rare series of portraits of the 17th century Inca nobility. The museum has a copy of the second edition of the ""Royal Commentaries"" of Garcilaso de la Vega from the 18th century. It has a library, a temporary exhibition hall and an auditorium. The building in which the museum is installed is the Admiral's House, an important monument of colonial architecture.

  • Address : Tucumán Street near Ataúd
  • Opening hours : 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat

Museo del Convento de San Francisco de Asis
The museum is in the oldest part of the Franciscan convent founded in the 16th century. It has a collection of more than 800 paintings and colonial sculpture, most of them by the Cusco School. It contains 17th century high choir stalls, carved in wood, with 80 seats, adorned with sculptural images of Franciscan saints. The "Family Tree of the Franciscan Order" is a 9 x 12 m canvas featuring 683 people with 500 written biographic captions and 226 heraldic shields. It was painted by artist Juan Espinoza de los Monteros in the 17th century.

  • Address : Plaza San Francisco Street
  • Opening hours : 9:30am-5:30pm Mon-Sun

Museo del Convento de La Merced
The Convent of La Merced of Cusco houses an extensive collection of colonial religious art. The famous gold custody and the wall of father Salamanca's cell are the most impressive.

  • Address : Mantas Street 121
  • Opening hours : 8am-noon & 2-5pm Mon-Sat, cloister 8-11am

Museo de Plantas Sagradas, Mágicas y Medicinales
The Nine halls of the Museum will take you in time and space to the ancient healing traditions, still alive in shamanic and folk healer’s traditions surviving in native culture of the Andes and Amazonia. The immense diversity of the South America flora and the vast indigenous knowledge of their properties will transport you to the realm of spiritual and corporal healing, the exploration of your own consciousness, where the interphase of natural, magical and spiritual dimensions meet.

  • Address : Santa Teresa Street 351
  • Opening hours : 9am-6.00pm Mon-Sat

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo – Municipalidad de Cusco
It was founded in 1995 with the patronage of the Mayor and collector Dr. Luis Rivera Davalo’s donation of 100 works by local artists. Currently, it contains more than 280 works owned by renowned local, national and foreign artists. Its earliest oil painting is "Río Vilcanota" (1897) by Remigia Mendoza. It has three showrooms in the city hall, one in the Chapel of San Bernardo and a Crafts Exhibition area in the main courtyard of the Municipality.

  • Address : Plaza Regocijo Street
  • Opening hours : 9am-6pm Mon-Sat

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Regional History Museo Histórico Regional – Cusco “Casa Garcilaso” Ministerio de Cultura
During the17th century, the Museum was the home of mestizo author Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. First floor: archaeological collection from different periods in the region of Cusco, local pre-Inca cultures and important pieces from the Inca period. Second floor: collection of paintings, sculptures and arts from the colonial era (Cusco School) and republican times. There is always a piece of the museum's collections shown as "the piece of the month".

  • Address : Heladeros Street
  • Opening hours : 9am-5pm Mon-Sun

Museo de Arte Popular
It has a selection of sculptures, ceramics, photographs and other works of art by the most renowned artists of Cusco: Edilberto Merida’s grotesque art sculptures made of clay; Hilario Mendivil’s religious sculptures made of rice dough with elongated necks and drawings of flowers; Santiago Rojas’ representations of the daily life of Cusco inhabitants such as the Santuranticuy party on December 24th; Antonio Olave’s renowned art in gold leaf to decorate nativity scenes.

  • Address : Avenida del Sol Street 103
  • Opening hours : 9am-6pm Mon-Sat, 8am-1pm Sun