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“ice maiden”(44 reviews)
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This museum’s main attraction is Juanita, whose ritually sacrificed and frozen body was unearthed in a volcanic explosion. This young girl’s miraculously preserved DNA has provided priceless insight into the Inca civilization.
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La Merced 110, Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 286613
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Small (maybe too small) museum with pretty archaeological exposition, for approximately 30 minutes visit

Thank Maksim M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour started with an old video but informative and interesting in English with Spanish subtitles that explains the history of finding Juanita (the ice mummy). Then a tour guide gave a thorough walk-through of the museum and we got to see Juanita up close....More

Thank Alexandra A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bottom line is that they do not have a great deal to show you, so they have resorted to stringing out your visit with a (very slow) official guided tour, telling the story of the discovery of the "Ice Maiden" or "Juanita". Everything they...More

Thank Andy F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Juanita, the drawcard of the museum was not on display, but another frozen mummy was, which was interesting. You have to take a "free" guided tour but they do expect a tip. The tour takes about an hour, our guide was very knowledgeable and had...More

Thank Fiona1110
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is just around the corner of the plaza de armas. Ticket is 20 soles and there is English guide to help understand better the exhibition (highly recommended). The whole thing takes about an hour, we came out satisfied with what we've learned about...More

Thank PablosXanderpants
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sparce, but focused and very nicely done. First 1/3 of visit is a National Geographic documentary (Interesting, but not clear it was necessary to glorify child sacrifice in the name of religion.)

Thank Shane H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is a unique experience to get to see a mummy preserved and frozen, with all of the skin and clothing still intact. The story of Juanita, the mummy, is presented here both hauntingly and in detail here in this well-put-together museum exhibit. Her funerary...More

Thank Freq_Flying_Fanatic
Reviewed 13 June 2018

One of the best museums I have ever been to- hands down. Firstly- half the year Juanita travels/restoration/etc. So when she is not in the museum, they show Sarita who is another ice maiden found not far from where Juanita was found. (Juanita typically comes...More

Thank jd3sai
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Took the English tour which includes a video about the museum and then had a tour guide show us inside. Scary but amazing insight into the Incan culture. It was recommended to us by our tour guide from Colca and did not disappoint. So much...More

Thank lsgoldblatt
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Like many others one of the main reasons we came to this museum was to hear and see the frozen Juanita. Its interesting that so many people refer to her as a mummy even after visiting the museum. She is not a mummy. Juanita is...More

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Grazyna W
7 January 2017|
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Response from r0bertjamese | Reviewed this property |
From what i can see in Google, the hours are 9am to 6pm. With Juanita, I would check first as they do remove her for a few months of the year and replace her with one of the other Ice Mummies. Hope this helps
25 April 2015|
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Response from Gioconda G | Reviewed this property |
When you are in Arequipa, stop by and confirm if Juanita is there before you buy your tickets. They might have other mummys or attractions in May. The museum is in downtown Arequipa, so do this as you are walking through... More