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Museo Oro del Perú / Gold Museum - Museum Lima - Peru

The Museo Oro del Perú, considered one of Lima’s premier attractions, houses the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo, who spent years amassing it, often by purchasing relics from grave robbers. It features gold figures, jewelry, masks, knives and artifacts from the Inca and colonial periods. It also contains mummies, headdresses and other ancient relics.

In 2001, a huge scandal broke out. It was proven that many of the pieces in the museum were fakes. Experts had been suspicious of many of the pieces for years. The Mujica Gallo family claimed that the fakes had been purchased by mistake and that the museum now only houses genuine pieces. However, there is still a cloud of skepticism that hangs over the exhibits. Upstairs from the Gold Museum is the equally fascinating Museo Armas del Mundo, which displays weapons and armor from many cultures. Items owned by the Pizarro brothers and Simón Bolívar are also exhibited.


Alonso de Molina 1100; Monterrico, Surco

Lima, Peru

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Archaeology, Anthropology, History

Getting There

The museum is located between cuadras (blocks) 18 and 19 of Avenida Primavera.

Travel Tips:

You may want to do both museums as part of a tour, since the displays are not always clearly marked. A multilingual audio guide may be rented for $3.70.

Price Description:

Adults $11.25, children $5.60

Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:Daily 11:30 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 7 p.m.

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol

Contact Information:
Phone: 345-1292 / 1271

Here are other activities in and around Lima that may be of interest: Museo de la Inquisición / Museum of the Inquisition, Mate Asociación Mario Testino, Museo Nacional Afroperuano, Casa Riva Agüero, Museo Galería Arte Popular de Ayacucho , Museo Larco / Larco Museum, Museo Taurino / Bullfighting Museum, Museo de la Nación, Casa De La Gastronomía Peruana and Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco.

28 Jan 2012

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