Cusco and the Sacred Valley Sights

Museo de Arte Precolombino

  • Plazoleta Nazarenas 231 Map It
  • Cusco
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 02/02/2016

Fodor's Review

For a different perspective on pre-Colombian ceramics head to this spectacular museum, known as MAP, where art and pre-Colombian culture merge seamlessly. Twelve rooms in the 1580 Casa Cabrera, which was used as the convent of Santa Clara until the 17th century, showcase an astounding collection of pre-Columbian art from the 13th to 16th centuries, mostly in the form of carvings, ceramics, and jewelry. The art and artifacts were made by the Huari and Nasca, as well as the Inca, cultures. The stylish displays have excellent labels in Spanish and English that place the artifacts in their artistic and historical context. On the walls is commentary from European artists on South American art. Swiss artist Paul Klee wrote: "I wish I was newly born, and totally ignorant of Europe, innocent of facts and fashions, to be almost primitive." Most Cusco museums close at dark but MAP remains open every evening. For a break after a walk around, find your way to the on-site cafe, one of Cusco's best restaurants (reservations are required for dinner).

Sight Information

Address:

Plazoleta Nazarenas 231, Cusco, Cusco, Peru

Map It

Phone:

084-233–210

Sight Details:

  • S/20
  • Daily 8 am–10 pm

Published 02/02/2016

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE email communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.