Housed in the 17th-century colonial mansion known as La Casa Risco, the museum displays an astounding collection of Pre-Columbian art forms. Displays include jewelry, clothing, and ceramic artwork from the Chimú, Moche, and Inca Empires, opening windows into these ancient advanced cultures. More than a simple showcase of artifacts, the multiple rooms of Casa Risco offer informative descriptions about the different civilizations and their eventual tragic demise.
Travelers may discover the museum as part of a private or group, half-day or full-day, tour that incorporates the best attraction sof Trujillo city including the enchanting Plaza de Armas and Plazuela El Recreo, El Carmen Church, colonial mansion Urquiaga Calonge, the Freedom Monument all in the city’s historic center. More extensive tours may make visits to nearby archaeological wonders, the Temples of Moche and the ancient ruins of Chan Chan, or even a moment at Huanchaco, a picturesque fishing and surfing village.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, families, and espcially archaeology and history buffs.xa0
- Admission is about $1.50.
- Tours may include round trip hotel transport and some food and beverages. Check specific tours for details.
How to Get There
The National University of Trujillo Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History is located on Jirón Junín in the historical center of Trujillo, a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas; easily accessible by taxi and any number of public buses.
When to Get There
The museum is open year-round Monday, 9:00am - 3:00pm; Tuesday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm and 3:00pm - 7:00pm; Saturday - Sunday, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Trujillo enjoys a subtropical desert climate, with a warm season (January to March), and a cooler season (June to November.). Trujillo International Spring Festival takes place late September. One of Peru’s largest and most popular festivals, with horse shows, fashion shows, dance contests, and floats of flowers and beauty contestants.
A Great Stop Before Heading to the Sites Make time to come to this museum for a fuller understanding of the vast timeline of civilizations that have made their home and flourished in this northern area of Peru. This well-curated museum manages to compact many thousands of years of history into a manageable and entertaining format. While emphasizing the Moche, Chimú and Inca civilizations and even the lesser-known Cupisnique and Salinar cultures. Afterwards, go out and seek the ruins of the fascinating and advanced people.