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Museums in Tacna - Museum Tacna - Peru

Tacna has a surprising number of museums, enough to fill a day or two of sightseeing. Most feature the players important to Tacna’s struggle for independence, but a few surprises await the traveler.

Casa de Zela—One of the oldest colonial houses in Tacna and home to Francisco Antonio de Zela y Arizaga, who shouted Peru’s first cry for independence in 1811 (Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3:30-6:30 p.m. Zela 542. Tel: 411-716. Entry: free).

Casa Museo Basadre—This Republican-era house was the childhood home of Jorge Basadre Grohmann (the man on the 50 soles note), renowned historian and key figure in Tacna’s independence from Chile. The museum has his personal effects and writings, plus a gallery of Tacneño artists (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5p.m. San Martín 212. Entry: free).

Museo Casa de la Comisión Jurídica—Also called the Museo de la Reincorporación, this is where the ceremony to reincorporate Tacna into Peru took place in 1929. Several rooms display the history of this momentous act and period furnishings. It is also the Regional Archives, with records from the 17th to mid-20th centuries. (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Zela 716, Tel.: 715-225. Entry: free).

Museo de Sitio Las Peañas—Displays of archaeological finds (mostly ceramics) from 8000 BC to Inca times (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Prolongación Jorge Basachre, Pocollay district. Tel: 657-376. Entry: $2).

Museo Ferroviario—Its two exhibit rooms display old newspaper clippings, route maps and collections of train stamps from all over the world. Antique locomotives are on display across the tracks towards the end of the station (Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 de Mayo 412 and Av Gregorio Albarracín. Tel: 724-981. Entry: adults $2, retirees $1, children $0.60).

Museo Postal y Filtélico—After mailing your letter, stop into this small museum with the first hundred stamps of Peru, stamps from around the world and postal implements from the past century (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Bolognesi 361. Entry: free).

Museo Regional Histórico—Also known as La Casa de Cultura, it serves as both public library and museum, and houses local pre-Inca artifacts and massive oil paintings depicting the War of the Pacific (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Apurimac 202, at Bolívar. Tel: 711-171. Entry: adults $0.80, university student / teacher / retiree $0.40, children $0.20).

Museo Sitio Campo de la Alianza—Located at kilometer 8 of the Pan-American Highway Norte, this museum and monument are on the site of a major battle of the Guerra del Pacífico, May 26 1880. The monument is composed of white stone spires with fallen soldiers atop (daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tel: 711-716. Entry: complex free, museum $0.80).

Tacna, Peru

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Archaeology, Postal, Railroad, Art museum, History, Art

Getting There

Most museums are in the downtown area. To Museo Sitio Campo de la Alianza: only on August 28 is there public transport; the rest of the year, go on tour ($15) or take a taxi ($6 round trip). To Museo de Sitio Las Peañas: from 2 de Mayo, catch a “B” minibus and tell the driver you want to get off at the museum, as some “B” combis go direct to Calana (7 a.m.-2 p.m., $0.50); or take a taxi there ($2 one way), and a minibus back.

Travel Tips:

From Peañas you can also make a circuit of the wineries at Pocollay, peach-rich Calana, Calientes hot springs and Miculla.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

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