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Museo Nacional Afroperuano - Museum Lima - Peru

The Museo Nacional Afroperuano is a journey into the past of the 2.5 million Peruvians who are descendants of the slaves that were brought from Africa. With extensive story boards, the museum explains the slave trade, the national origin of many of the slaves and the condition on the ships. The exhibits move on to detail slavery and the racial caste systems in colonial Peru. Another gallery explores the communities formed by maroons (escaped slaves) and the many rebellions the captive Africans led, seeking freedom. The historical exploration ends with Peru’s abolition of slavery in 1854.


Jirón Áncash 542,Central Lima

Central Lima, Lima, Peru

Museum Types:
Anthropology, ethnography, Cultural, History

Getting There

The museum is four blocks east of the Plaza de Armas.

Travel Tips:

All of the explanations are in Spanish. The museum also hosts conferences, special exhibits and other events.

Every fourth week of August, there is a festival highlighting Afro-Peruvian culture, in Cañete (148 km / 90 mi south of Lima).

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m.

Days Closed:Sunday, holidays

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

A dictionary.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Contact Information:
Phone: 426-0689

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

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