The Top Art Galleries to Visit in Peru

Galería Lucía de la Puente | © Galería Lucía Facebook
Galería Lucía de la Puente | © Galería Lucía Facebook
Photo of Brandon Dupre
18 July 2017

With so many unique artists within its borders, Peru has plenty of galleries to show off the unique and diverse talents of its creatives. Here is a list of the best art galleries to visit while in Peru.

WU Galería

Art Gallery
WU Galería, Lima
WU Galería, Lima | © WU Galería Facebook
Located in Barranco, this is one of the nicest, small-end galleries in Lima, offering a space to young Peruvian artists, as well as providing a professional art consultancy service. It specializes in discovering new talent to introduce to the commercial art world.

Galería Lucía de la Puente

A small but beautiful space promoting young Peruvian art, the gallery holds both paintings and photography exhibitions. Since 1995, the Lucia de la Puente gallery has been promoting different Peruvian artists with already established careers and showing the work of many of the most important artists in the field. A must-see in Barranco, the artsy neighborhood in Lima.

Galería Lucía de la Puente, Saenz Peña 206-1, Distrito de Lima, Lima, Peru +51 01 4770237

Museo Quijote

This private collection of paintings and sculptures represents both historical and contemporary pieces. It offers many translations in English and gives museum visitors detailed background on 20th-century Peruvian art.

Museo Quijote, Almagro 137, Cusco, Peru

The Lima Art Museum (MALI)

Art Gallery, Museum
Covered patio in the Museum of Art of Lima (Museo de Arte de Lima), Palacio de la Exposicion, Lima, Peru, South America
Museum of Art of Lima (Museo de Arte de Lima), Palacio de la Exposicion | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
This museum houses Lima’s largest collection of photography, paintings, pottery, decorations and artifacts. In addition to pre-Columbian and Colonial art, MALI also has a collection of contemporary Peruvian art. With such a large and diverse selection to navigate, give yourself at least a couple of hours to cover everything.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Building, Museum
Located in a beautiful building in Arequipa, Peru. This place has both permanent and temporary exhibits, displaying some of Peru’s most well known artists as well as several lesser known, local artists.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC)

Art Gallery, Museum
Lima MAC museum - Exterior of Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Lima, Peru, South America.
Lima MAC museum - Exterior of Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Lima, Peru | © Soma / Alamy Stock Photo
One of Lima’s largest museums for contemporary art, MAC showcases 20th as well as 21st century art from both Peruvian and international artists. At any given time, Mac will have at least of two of its three buildings devoted to only one or two artists. After finishing your tour, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a craft beer at the MAC restaurant.


Art Gallery, Museum
MATE is Barranco’s art gallery dedicated to the great Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, who hails from Lima. The gallery is the largest collection of his work with seven rooms dedicated to his intimate photographs of celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Kate Moss, Orlando Bloom and many more. A room dedicated to Testino’s photographs of Peruvians has recently been added, alongside a space dedicated to guest artists.

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