The museums of Lima, capital of Peru, are some of the best in Latin America. Walking through them and contemplating their works of art is breathing history and one of the best ways to get to know the life of this city and the history of the whole country. We propose a route through some of them and we tell you the wonders that you can find inside. Can you come with us?
1. MALI - Museum of Art of LimaLima Art Museum - Edwin Bellota / Flickr.com
It is the main art gallery that this city has. Its headquarters are located in the so-called Exhibition Palace. It is an eclectic style building that was built on the occasion of the Great Exhibition of Arts, Sciences and Industries that was celebrated on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Peru's Independence.
It is the main building that we can find today in the so-called Exhibition Park and his project and construction are due to Antonio Leonardi, an Italian architect who pioneered the introduction of the use of iron columns in buildings. In fact, the columns he used are attributed to the Eiffel house.
Inside we can see a beautiful collection of Peruvian painter Carlos Baca-Flor, as well as other Peruvian artists. And since its remodeling, it has hosted one of the best collections of pre-Columbian art.
2. Italian Art MuseumItalian Art Museum - Dgop1990 / Wikimedia Commons
Located behind the back of the MALI we find a small building that houses one of the most beautiful museums in the city, the Museum of Italian Art. It is a gift that the Italian community made to the city on the occasion of the one hundred years of independence.
Inside 180 pieces of Italian art made between the 19th and 20th century are preserved. They are sculptures and paintings of an unsurpassed beauty that transport those who contemplate them to Italian lands. It also serves as an exhibition and congress center, so it does not open every day to the public.
3. National Museum
It is based in a brutalist-style building that it shares with the Ministry of Culture. At some of the most impressive gold pieces in the pre-Hispanic era are preserved. Among them we can find nose rings, pectorals, masks and ceremonial knives.
Its ceramic and textile pieces are also very important, an example of the Inca and pre-Inca art of the country. Likewise, in its rooms elements of popular, colonial and republican art are shown. And it has several temporary exhibition halls. It is, therefore, one of the best museums in Lima.
4. Larco Museum, one of the best museums in LimaPieces of the Larco Museum
ANDl Larco Museum has the best and most extensive collection of pre-Inca period ceramic pieces. Its origin takes place in the collection of more than 45,000 ceramic pieces by Rafael Larco Hoyle, one of the parents of Peruvian archeology. Dedicated to research and digging in northern Peru, Larco founded this museum to also be a research center.
5. Pedro de Osma Museum
A museum that is located in the picturesque neighborhood of Barranco. Its opening takes place in 1987 and It is based on the collection created by Pedro de Osma and his wife, Angélica Gildemeister. It has its headquarters in its mansion, built between 1900 and 1906 by the architect Santiago Basurco.
In this museum you can see some of the most beautiful colonial era paintings of the 17th and 18th centuries, above all, of the Cusqueña School. It also houses a large sample of silverware, figures carved in Huamanga stone and ceramic.
6. Other museums in Lima to visit
And for lovers of modern and contemporary art, Lima also offers many alternatives. A) Yes, we found the MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art of Lima, also located in Barranco, at the junction with the Miraflores neighborhood. In this museum you can see the best modern and contemporary works of Peruvian and Latin American artists from 1950 onwards.
You can also visit the Place of Memory, Tolerance and Social Inclusion. It is a museum dedicated to the reconciliation of the Peruvian people after the hard years of terrorism of the Shining Path, other terrorist groups and the country's army. It is an impressive building excavated in one of the cliffs of Lima, which opens to the ocean. An awesome place.