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Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP) Tours and Activities

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Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP)
The Pre-Columbian Art Museum (Museo de Arte Precolombino) in Cusco shines a light on the culture and art of the ancient civilizations of Peru. This extensive private collection features artifacts from the Moche, Nazca, Chimu, Chancay, and Inca peoples, including pottery, jewelry and sculptures dating as far back as 1250 BC.

The Basics
Housed in a former Inca ceremonial court, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP) features 11 exhibition halls that showcase artifacts created by various civilizations between 1250 BC and 1532 AD. View silver and gold sculptures, jewelry made from seashells and bones, elaborate wooden carvings, and fine pottery and ancient ceramics.

Travelers may visit the museum as part of a half-day or full-day tour that includes a private guided tour of the museum’s vast collection followed by a 3-course contemporary Peruvian meal at the museum’s restaurant.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Pre-Columbian Art Museum is suitable for all travelers, though it might not hold the attention of small children.
  • Displays and audio tours offer explanations in Spanish, English, and French.
  • The museum has a courtyard restaurant and a shop selling local crafts.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There

The Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP) is located at Plaza de Las Nazarenas, in the heart of Cuzco’s historical center, walking distance from most hotels in the area. Taxis are readily available; public transportation is not.

When to Get There

The Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP) is open daily, 9am–10pm, and evening is a good time to visit to avoid the crowds. If possible, visit the museum at the beginning of your journey to the Cusco area. The insights travelers gain here enhances an understanding and appreciation of the archaeological and geographical sites encountered, before or after.

Go Deeper at the Larco Museum in Lima

Curators Fernando de Szyszlo and Cecilia Bákula chose the Pre-Columbian Art Museum’s exquisite artifacts from a collection of 45,000 objects stored in the Larco Museum in Lima. Housed in a magnificent mansion, Larco is built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple and offers a look at 3,000 years of mummification and ceramic, textile, and metal art. Go here for a deep dive into the creative output that miraculously survived the Spanish conquest and modern times.
Address: 231, Plaza de Las Nazarenas, Cusco, Peru
Admission: Varies
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Pre-Columbian Art Museum Tour with Dinner

Pre-Columbian Art Museum Tour with Dinner

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Combine culture with cuisine during a tour of Cusco’s Pre-Colombian Art Museum, which includes a 3-course meal at the museum’s restaurant. Alongside your guide, you’ll admire the highlights of the museum’s collection, which encompasses the ancient cultures of the Moche, Chimu, Nazca, and Chancay empires. Following the museum tour, you’ll feast on a 3-course meal of Peruvian dishes accompanied by two non-alcoholic drinks. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco are included.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.40
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$105.40
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Morning Culinary Experience in Cusco

Morning Culinary Experience in Cusco

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Discover the best of Cusco's historical part and taste local specialties at gourmet restaurants inside colonial mansions, monasteries, and museums. Learn more about our past walking through Inca's streets and reliving the most fascinating stories.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

Private Cusco Walking Tour II

Private Cusco Walking Tour II

We will visit several of the attractions exposed to us the fascinating town of Cusco. This is one of the largest villages that protect its Hispanic and colonial history and architecture. We will visit the great museums of Cusco, which keep great works of the ancient ethnicities that Vivian in these lands.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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Dinner at MAP Café restaurant

Dinner at MAP Café restaurant

Enjoy a unique experience at MAP Café restaurant, tasting the best of our peruvian local cuisine. Located in the courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of Cusco.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.00
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$52.00
Taking safety measures

Lunch at MAP Café restaurant

Lunch at MAP Café restaurant

Enjoy a unique experience at MAP Café restaurant, tasting the best of our peruvian local cuisine. Located in the courtyard of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art of Cusco.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$52.00
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