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From Spain’s gold riches to the history of the pisco sour, there are numerous must-see museums in Lima. Housed in 16th and 17th century buildings, stepping into one of these fascinating places is like going back in time. If you’re keen to learn about Peru’s rich and complex history, here are our pick of its best museums.
There’s nothing typical about this museum, except that it has the word in its name. It’s not quiet, there are no glass cases displaying ancient artifacts, and it’s not officially recognized by the city as a museum. Nonetheless, it is a fun place to go and learn something new. One part how-to tutorials and one part bar. Museo Pisco offers everything from bartending classes on how to make Peru’s favorite pisco cocktails to the history of this popular spirit. Enjoy everything Museo Pisco has to offer while drinking a pisco sour.
This museum has Lima’s largest collection of photography, paintings, pottery, decorations and artifacts. In addition to pre-Columbian and Colonial art, MALI also has a large collection of contemporary Peruvian art. With multiple areas to experience, plan to spend more than a couple of hours exploring the entirety of this museum.