Address: Esquina de la calle Garcilazo y Heladero Calle Heladeros s/n.
The History Museum of Cusco is one of the most visited museums in the city. The half-breed writer Inca Garcilazo de la Vega, famous by his "Comentarios Reales", was born here. This large house, turned into a Historic Regional Museum since 1946, is a remain of colonial art and it is located only two blocks far from the Main Square. Going along its interiors is like entering another time in order to know the routine of a half-breed person sheltered in Cusco. It has an important collection of paintings of Cusco Academy. The most important are San Ignacio Obispo, Santa Marta and San Sebastián. There are also sculptural wood relieves of Bernardo Bitti, as well as work of Pablo Chilli Tupa, Antonio Vilca, Geronimo Gutierrez and Diego Quispe Tito. On the ground floor, there are archaeological pieces of Cusco and the Peruvian coast. The museum has an auditorium and a temporal exhibition room. An exhaustive visit takes 35 minutes.
Exposition: Valuable historic documents, collection of pre Inca objects, pottery of pre Inca cultures of Cusco and the rest of the country, Inca textile, Inca agriculture tools and music instruments. Colonial paintings and metallic objects of the colonial period. Colonial architecture: small churches covered in gold leaf, balconies of Cusco (furniture). Colonial and Republic coins. Itinerant exhibition room of Contemporary Art.
Telephone: (084) 22-3245
Admission time: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 19:00 hrs
Address: Cuesta del Almirante 103. (at the corner with Ataúd street)
The Archaeological Museum of Cusco is settled in a colonial old house built by the spanish Admiral Francisco Alderete Maldonado at the beginning of XVII century. For this reason, it is commonly called the House of the Admiral. It is located one block far from the Main Square and belongs to the "Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad"(Public University). The name of Inca Museum shows a thematic specialization as it tries to exhibit the history of Cusco from the Inca perspective following an order, that is, from Prehispanic times until XX century.
Exposition: Collection of archaeological pieces of the Inca culture. Sample of Prehispanic objects: Stones, funeral metallurgic, pottery, textile and "keros". Inca architecture, metallurgy, textile, human brain trepanning, body embalming , golden, silver, copper and turquoise idols, etc, maquettes of archaeological centers, objects of ritual ceremonies. The collection has hundreds of "Queros" (in quechua qiru or "glass"), puyños (in Quechua puyñu: pitcher or "arivalo") in all sizes. There is also an important sample of colonial painting of the Academy of Cusco among which the Inca and Curacas portraits of XVII century outstand.
Telephone: (084) 23-7380 / 23-8173
Admission time: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 17:30; Saturday 8:00 to 17:30; holidays from 9:00 to 17:00; Sunday is closed. You can pay for a guide at the entrance. The visit takes one hour.