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  • 1. Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI)

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Built in 1871 as the Palacio de la Exposición, this mammoth neoclassical structure was designed by the Italian architect Antonio Leonardi, with...Read More

  • 2. Museo Larco

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    Hot-pink bougainvillea spills over the white walls of this lovely colonial mansion, which is built atop a pre-Columbian temple. What those walls...Read More

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  • 3. Museo Pedro de Osma

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Even if it contained no art, this century-old Beaux-Arts mansion would be worth the trip for its design elements alone. The mansard-roofed structure...Read More

  • 4. Galleria Lucía de la Puente

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Lucía de la Puente represents some of the best artists in Peru, as well as other South American nations, at Lima's premier gallery, which occupies...Read More

  • 5. Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano

    Miraflores | Museum/Gallery

    The large gallery in the lower floor of the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano primarily exhibits the work of contemporary Peruvian artists...Read More

  • 6. Lugar de la Memoria

    Miraflores | Museum/Gallery

    From 1980 to 2000, two terrorist groups waged a fierce war against the Peruvian state: Sendero Luminoso and the Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac...Read More

  • 7. Museo Amano

    Miraflores | Museum/Gallery

    Although relatively small, this private museum of pre-Columbian artifacts holds some of the city's best textiles, in addition to well-preserved...Read More

  • 8. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo—Lima (MAC)

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Lima's newest art museum is run by a privately funded institute on land donated by the Municipality of Barranco. Its minimalistic, rectangular...Read More

  • 9. Museo de Arte Italiano

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Italian art in Peru? This small museum is one of the city's most delightful. Most of the art is about a century old, so it captures the exact...Read More

  • 10. Museo Mario Testino (MATE)

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Occupying a refurbished, turn-of-the-century house near the Museo Pedro de Osma, this small museum exhibits photos by renowned Peruvian fashion...Read More

  • 11. Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia del Perú

    Pueblo Libre | Museum/Gallery

    The country's most extensive collection of pre-Columbian artifacts can be found at this sprawling museum. Beginning with 8,000-year-old stone...Read More

  • 12. Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland

    Miraflores | Museum/Gallery

    On the southern end of the Palacio Municipal de Miraflores (town hall), around the corner from Parque Miraflores, is the Sala Luis Miró Quesada...Read More

  • 13. Yvonne Sanguineti Galería de Arte

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an ornate, turn-of-the-century home near the corner of Avenida Miguel Grau and Avenida Sáenz Peña, this small gallery exhibits the...Read More

  • 14. Museo de la Electricidad

    Barranco | Museum/Gallery

    In front of this tiny museum is a cherry-red urbanito, or streetcar, named Breda. From Tuesday to Sunday, for about 80 cents, you can climb...Read More

  • 15. Museo de la Nación


    If you know little about the history of Peru, a visit to this museum may leave you overwhelmed. The number of cultures tracked over the centuries...Read More

  • 16. Museo del Congreso y de la Inquisición

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Visit the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquisition, where life-size exhibits illustrate methods of extracting "confessions" from prisoners...Read More

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