Museo de Arte Precolombino
Museo de Arte Precolombino
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art - MAP Cusco is an experience that allows you to discover the mystical art of ancient Peru. It houses and exhibits admirable objects for its history and aesthetics, created by women and men of the Andes, more than three thousand years ago until the sixteenth century, in the territory where Peru is located nowadays. The 400 pieces exhibited in the MAP Cusco, located in the historic Casona Cabrera, a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, are part of the collection of the Larco Museum, considered one of the best 20 museums in the world. The MAP Cusco, managed by the BBVA Foundation, offers the possibility of exploring its ten rooms with audio guides in three languages: Spanish, English and French. The narratives will bring the visitor closer to the worldview that defined the beliefs of the ancient Peruvians. The visitor can also enjoy MAP Café tasting the incomparable flavor of Peruvian cuisine in a magical and peaceful setting.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Anat M
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Special setting with beautiful art work
    Beautiful museum set in a lovely building. It’s the second museum we visited in Cusco. The first one was the Inca Museum. I recommend this one over the latter. It’s organized well and the art is amazing. Enjoy!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • dercsenyigyorgy
    Solymar, Hungary16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but excellent museum in Cusco
    Even if you saw Larco in Lima, this museum is also worth visiting. It is in an old mansion in downtown Cusco. The visit starts with an interesting intro video. All in all it doesn't need more than 1-2 hours but still a nice experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 September 2023
  • BestRegards FromFar
    Cape Town Central, South Africa581 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit!!
    Peru is so much more than the Inca’s! This lovely museum showcases wonderful art made by the Incas but also by pre-Inca civilizations. Explanations are well done, in Spanish, English and French. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • agirard020
    Paris, France3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring
    Very well made, small but elegant and informative. A truly unique place. We wandered in randomly, with no expectations, and were touched by the finesse, elegance and spirit of the place. Extremely well thought of - refined.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 November 2023
  • WestCoastRestless
    Central Oregon, Oregon243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful little museum
    This is a lovely museum that provides historical and religious context for the artwork displayed. It shares the last 3000 years of art styles of pre-Columbian peoples and cultures up to the Imcas. The pieces are beautiful and you can the distinct art forms of each culture. It's a little heartbreaking that the art timeline 'ended' in 1532, when the Spanish arrived.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Laura M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For sure stop here!
    This is a great, comprehensive museum of Andean cultures. It is housed in a building that the Incas to re-educate the children of conquered nations. Then the Spanish used it to re-educate orphaned Inca children in a convent school. You learn about each of the 3,000 years of cultures, the artistry, and symbols in the Andes. There are audio and written guides in multiple languages. Our 9 and 10 year old kids loved it, too. I should also mention it's not part of the tourist pass-set of museums. So, unlike the Regional Historical Museum of Cusco, you can visit this without having to buy an expensive pass. You can, of course, spring for the museum and restaurant tickets.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Wenrui Y
    San Diego, California109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good collection but could be better presented
    The museum has art pieces from different periods of Peru and a lot of the collection are stunning. Most of the descriptions are quite detailed but some are repetitive and didn’t offer a lot of new information. In the gold room, there’s a small section of the wall where the light went out. Wish they actually fixed it. Also during the visit, there is some preparation for an event where workers were setting up metal framework to cover the courtyard, which closed off access to one of the first floor room and prevented people from going on the hallway on most of second floor.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 April 2024
  • Em
    Berlin, Germany105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great exhibition, not only Inka!
    A very well-designed exhibition of the native pre-colonial art, with many examples of the craft from the different regions oflf nowadays Peru. You'll learn about mythology, religious ceremonies and costumes of the native people of Peru, and not only the Inka! Very educative, and gives a good overview of everything you're going to see during your stay in Cusco, from the symbles on the jewelery in the market to the archeologicalbsotes you're hopefully about to visit. If there is one museum you'll be visiting while staying in Cusco and exploring it, let it be this one.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 May 2024
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New York City13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent small museum. Well organized and curated. I highly recommend the audio guide. After visiting the museums in Lima, this was a happy surprise.
Written 11 May 2024
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Em
Berlin, Germany105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
A very well-designed exhibition of the native pre-colonial art, with many examples of the craft from the different regions oflf nowadays Peru. You'll learn about mythology, religious ceremonies and costumes of the native people of Peru, and not only the Inka!

Very educative, and gives a good overview of everything you're going to see during your stay in Cusco, from the symbles on the jewelery in the market to the archeologicalbsotes you're hopefully about to visit.

If there is one museum you'll be visiting while staying in Cusco and exploring it, let it be this one.
Written 4 May 2024
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Wenrui Y
San Diego, CA109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The museum has art pieces from different periods of Peru and a lot of the collection are stunning. Most of the descriptions are quite detailed but some are repetitive and didn’t offer a lot of new information.

In the gold room, there’s a small section of the wall where the light went out. Wish they actually fixed it.

Also during the visit, there is some preparation for an event where workers were setting up metal framework to cover the courtyard, which closed off access to one of the first floor room and prevented people from going on the hallway on most of second floor.
Written 15 April 2024
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Laura M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a great, comprehensive museum of Andean cultures. It is housed in a building that the Incas to re-educate the children of conquered nations. Then the Spanish used it to re-educate orphaned Inca children in a convent school. You learn about each of the 3,000 years of cultures, the artistry, and symbols in the Andes. There are audio and written guides in multiple languages. Our 9 and 10 year old kids loved it, too.

I should also mention it's not part of the tourist pass-set of museums. So, unlike the Regional Historical Museum of Cusco, you can visit this without having to buy an expensive pass. You can, of course, spring for the museum and restaurant tickets.
Written 26 December 2023
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WestCoastRestless
Central Oregon, OR243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a lovely museum that provides historical and religious context for the artwork displayed. It shares the last 3000 years of art styles of pre-Columbian peoples and cultures up to the Imcas. The pieces are beautiful and you can the distinct art forms of each culture. It's a little heartbreaking that the art timeline 'ended' in 1532, when the Spanish arrived.
Written 26 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

agirard020
Paris, France3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very well made, small but elegant and informative. A truly unique place. We wandered in randomly, with no expectations, and were touched by the finesse, elegance and spirit of the place. Extremely well thought of - refined.
Written 28 November 2023
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steve a
Plymouth, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Very nice museum very modern. Very little to see nothing that stands out. Pretty much a waste of time.
Written 3 November 2023
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BestRegards FromFar
Cape Town Central, South Africa581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Peru is so much more than the Inca’s!
This lovely museum showcases wonderful art made by the Incas but also by pre-Inca civilizations. Explanations are well done, in Spanish, English and French. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 23 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ajm001
Richmond, VA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A gem. Well-organized and fascinating collection of pre-Colombian art and artifacts that provide excellent background and context for a better understanding of the Incas and earlier cultures.
Written 17 September 2023
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Kristen
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Of all the museums we visted in Cusco, this one was the best. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a museum in Cusco.
Written 11 September 2023
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