Museo de Arte Precolombino, Cusco

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See a collection of art and artifacts at Museo de Arte Precolombino, a heritage center that sensitively and sympathetically details the artistic progress and cultural development of natives before the colonial era. Built on the site an Incan ceremonial court, the museum's main building was designed as a colonial mansion in 1580. A historic monument of Cusco reopened as a museum in 2003, the building  now displays a collection of artworks and objects from the pre-Columbian times. Take a tour of the museum to see the finely sculpted jewelry, ornate pots, and ceremonial masks made by native cultures between 1250 BCE and 1532 CE. Using our world travel planner, Cusco attractions like Museo de Arte Precolombino can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A smallish museum, but some really nice pieces displayed very well. Definitely worth the time to visit 
    A smallish museum, but some really nice pieces displayed very well. Definitely worth the time to visit  more »
  • I like art in intimate spaces. It allows me to take it all in, not rush or feel overwhelmed. This museum is in a lovely building so that was a good start already. But what really took me in was the... 
    I like art in intimate spaces. It allows me to take it all in, not rush or feel overwhelmed. This museum is in a lovely building so that was a good start already. But what really took me in was the...  more »
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  • Really beautiful place is 10 soles for Peruvians, I like the organization, the introduction video explains very good all the culture and is a good introduction about the things you can find here.
  • As a ceramic artist, I found this museum to be incredibly curated, and overall a wonderful insight on how different communities in Peru expressed their ideas and identity building through art. The museum focuses on three main components of indigenous ideology, the things represented by and associated with the sky, underground, and in between, earth. The story telling mostly follows this narrative along with the duality of life. These are the strings that tie together the art in the museum, along with geopolitical explanations that relate to allyship and military strategy. The mediums on display are materials that can face the test of time - gold, silver, petrified wood, stone, and ceramic. Aside from a small section upstairs, you won’t find any paintings or textiles. The craftsmanship is really admirable, something even contemporary artists struggle with using the same mediums and current technology. I would say it is the best museum I have visited in Cusco, definitely worth it if you like this type of art and narration.

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