MUSEO DE LA NACION - Lima


Located in the city of Lima. It is one of the most important historical museums of Peru. This National Museum shares importance and prestige with the National Museum of Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Peru. The archaeological artifacts exhibited today in the museum number approximately 15500 pieces.

Brief History

On Monday March 14th, 1988, through a Supreme Decree, the government of Alan Garcia Perez, created the “Museo de la Nacion” in order to collect the rich and varied cultural expressions of the Peruvian Nation. The fourth article of the decree granted the Museum administrative and financial autonomy. The Museum was founded in 1990 in the building of the former Ministry of Fisheries. It was recognized as a decentralized public institution from the Educational Sector. On October 14th, 1992 the government of Alberto Fujimori, incorporated the Museum to the National Institute of Culture (INC). Years later, the Instituto Nacional de Cultura, set the new corporate headquarters in the actual place (Corner of Avenida Javier Prado with Avenida Aviacion)

The Museum is a great conservancy of Peruvian heritage. It contains thousands of original pieces from different periods throughout the history of Peru. All the pieces, exhibited today, have been obtained through archaeological research and recovery of property that had been smuggled illegally by treasure hunters. This large collection consists of more than 12500 pieces from pre-Hispanic cultures, among which there are collections of ceramic, metal work and textile art from the Paracas culture, Moche culture, Wari culture, Lima Culture, among others. There are over 2500 historical art pieces from the Colonial and Republican eras as well as collections of Colonial art, popular art and contemporary art. The National Museum is also Peru´s cultural center, therefore, many activities are performed in its rooms, such as lecture series and educational workshops. It also serves as a venue for the National Ballet, Folklore, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the National Choir, among others. It also houses historic and  important events such as the V Summit of State Heads and Government of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean.