Come a rainy day, the sights have been seen and you’ve exhausted practically every single restaurant and bar, drinking more pisco and eating more ceviche than you care to remember (or perhaps you can’t!). Now all you want is to drink in a little culture of a different kind, luckily Dehouche is at hand to give you a guide to Lima’s top museums, from fashion all the way to stamps….
MATE Museo Mario Testino
Named after famous photographer Mario Testino, this museum is a joy to behold. From huge portraits of top models, royals and celebrities including, Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss and Princess Diana to style shots of traditional Peruvian fashion and textiles, it’s hard to walk away unimpressed.Av. Pedro de Osama 409 – Barranco. Open: Tues – Sun 11 am – 8 pm
The Larco Museum was built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple and houses ceramic artifacts, textiles and precious jewels. Some of the textiles are over 2500 years old. They also have a room dedicated to the ancient Peruvian ceremonies of fertility, sacrifice and burials.Av. Bolivar 1515 – Pueblo Libre. Open: Mon – Sun 9 am – 10 pm
Museo Nacional de Arquelogia, Antropologia e Historia del Peru
This fascinating museum guides you through Peruvian history from prehistoric to the colonial and republican times. Exhibits from different epochs include: ceramics, carved stone figures and obelisks, metalwork, jewellery and textiles. We were particularly impressed by the granite Tello Obelisk from the Chavin period and the Moche ceramics.Plaza Bolivar – Pueblo Libre. Open: Tues – Sat 9 am – 4 pm /, Sun & Holidays 9 am – 3.30 pm
Museo Postal y Filatelico
A stamp collector’s dream, the Museo Postal y Filatelico is not to be missed. It showcases a variety of Peruvian and international stamps which cultural and historical landmarks such as the Agrarian reform from 1969.Conde de Superunda 170 – Cercado de Lima. Open: Tues – Fri 9 am – 5 pm / Sat & Sun 9 am – 1 pm
French, Swiss and Belgian chocolate are said to be the best in the world. But what about Peruvian or Ecuadorian, where cacao originates from? The Lima Choco Museum is on a mission to change that, with an exhibition that covers the journey from cacao bean to deliciouslly moreish chocolate bar. Don’t miss the daily chocolate making workship – a firm favourite with kids and adults alike!
Calle Berlin 375 – Miraflores. Open: Mon – Sun 11 am – 7.30 pm Workshops : 11.30 am / 2.30 pm / 5.30 pm Av. Grau 264 – Barranco. Open: Sun – Wed 11 am – 7.30 pm / Thurs 2 pm – 10 am / Fri & Sat 2 pm – 11 pm Workshops: 2 pm / 4.30 pm / 7 pm