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Casa Riva Agüero - Museum Lima - Peru

Twenty-seven-rooms big, the Casa Riva Agüero is yet another echo of a distant past in which the rich and powerful built large homes as tributes to their own hubris. The last owner, Don José de la Riva Agüero, at least had the good sense to donate the building to Peru’s Pontifica Catholic University. It is now home to both a folk-themed Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares and a historical library. At any given moment features some interesting scientific or cultural exhibit. Its colonial balconies and courtyard are worth looking at themselves.

Jirón Camaná 459, Central Lima

Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Anthropology, ethnography

Price Description: Adults $0.80, children $0.40

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-7:30 p.m.

Days Closed:Sunday

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Contact Information:
Phone: 51-1-427-9275
E-mail: matp(at)

Here are other activities in and around Central Lima that may be of interest: Museo Andrés Del Castillo, Museo de la Inquisición / Museum of the Inquisition, Catedral de Lima, Museo del Banco Central de Reserva / Central Bank Museum, Museo Nacional Afroperuano, Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, Casa Aliaga, Casa De La Gastronomía Peruana, Museo de Arte de Lima / Lima Art Museum and Museo de Arte Italiano / Italian Art Museum.

By Ricardo Segreda
Growing up in New York, Rick Segreda used to cut out of high school in order to hang out at the Museum of Modern Art and catch foreign-language...
26 Jan 2012

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