Museums in Cusco
We bring you our selection and recommendations for museums in Cusco. There are many reasons why Cusco is practically an obligated part of your trip in Perú. But besides the archaeological remains you get to see in some amazing day trips, the delicious dishes to try, and all the activities in the city, there’s a wide variety of museums to get to know as well.
Pre-Columbian Art Museum
The museum is located in a property named Cabrera House. It is believed that during Inca times, this used to be a school. The original building is calculated to be over 500 years old! Partnered with Larco Museum in Lima, it’s organized according to the origin of the portrayed communities and the material used.
More details on their website here
Located in a house from the late 16th century (restored several times due to numerous earthquakes), it displays a beautiful collection, from pre-historic Perú to its colonial times. You’ll find pottery, sculptures, metalwork, paintings, among other great treasures from the past.
Religious Art Museum
Home of the famous “12 Angled Stone” of Cusco (it’s in one of the external walls), this museum displays a great collection of religious paintings. It’s located in the archbishop’s palace, which contains remains of Inca architecture. Today this is a great example of a colonial house, be sure to pay attention to the amazing work done in carved wood.
Machu Picchu Museum – Casa Concha
As many museums listed here, is located in a colonial house. Fully dedicated to Machu Picchu, you’ll see everything related to this amazing place since its “discovery” by the modern world. The scale model displayed is really impressive, complemented with photos, recovered objects, and remains found in different archaeological expeditions.
More info on the official website here
If you’re interested in learning about the cultural legacy from the Inca Empire, this is the place to be. Previously known as the Archaeological Museum, the objects are displayed in what used to be called the Admiral’s House, a great example of architecture from the colonial times. You’ll see jewellery, fabrics, paintings, funerary objects and remains.
Get a closer look to the use of the coca plant in the Inca empire, applied to traditional medicine. The sacred coca leaves are still in use today and they are very meaningful to the Inca culture. If you suffer from altitude sickness, this is also one of the remedies! They also have interesting products based on it, like chocolate, liquor, tea and beer. And speaking of chocolate…
Take a look at the process of preparing delicious treats, or choose a workshop and make your own! Be careful with the shop, you are going to wish you had enough space to take everything with you. The entrance to the museum is free (the workshops aren’t).
It’s a great activity to do with kids. Don’t worry if you’re afraid your sweet tooth will be out of control, you can always walk that guilt away!
There are many more activities you can do during your visit to Cusco.
Check out our article about the Inca Trail here.