The MAP – Museum of Pre-Columbian Art – is a beautiful museum that allows you to discover closely the ancient culture of Peru.
Let’s visit it together! We are in Cusco, the navel of the world, one of the most fascinating cities in Peru. Here, in the central Plaza Nazarenas, is the MAP, Museum of Pre-Columbian Art.
Opened in 2003, it is the only museum in Peru completely dedicated to pre-Columbian art and represents a mandatory destination during the visit of Cusco.
The building has a strong symbolic value. It was built around 1450 by the Incas as a ceremonial court, then in 1580 it became the residence of the conqueror Alonso Díaz. Today it is a beautiful museum that offers an overview of the history and culture of Peru, about its great art to admire.
The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art houses 450 works dated between 1250 BC and 1532 BC. The works have been rigorously selected from the approximately 45,000 exhibits stored at the Larco Archaeological Museum in Lima.
The museum consists of eleven rooms. On the ground floor are the Silver room, the Gold room and the Seashells room. Here you can admire jewelry and ornaments, with a refined design characterized by complex geometric patterns.
Also on the ground floor is the gallery dedicated to wooden objects, while on the first floor there are rooms dedicated to the individual cultures of Peru: Inca, Nasca, Mochica, Huara and Chancay.
Inside the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art you literally get lost in the culture of Peru and South America, among great works that offer a glimpse into the history of the continent.
The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is open every day from 09:00 to 22:00, for more information you can visit the dedicated website.