Meet the main Museums of the city of Cusco

Meet the main museums of the city of Cusco that have valuable samples from the pre-Inca era, to the different cultures of Peru that were hosted in this city.

These public and private museums house magnificent works of art in all their splendor, such as pre-Columbian works of art, textiles, Inca tools, ceramics, gold jewelry, silver, diamonds, and much more, which you must know in depth.

main museums of the city of Cusco
Museums in the City of Cusco

Next, we suggest some options of the museums that Cusco has

1.- Coricancha Site Museum

  • Address: Avenida el Sol with Santo Domingo Street, is located in the basement of the Coricancha esplanade.
  • Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday from 9 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm.
  • Entry price: It is included in the tourist ticket.

Exhibition: This museum exhibits Inca archaeological pieces, found in the excavations carried out in the “Coricancha Temple”, as well as; Paintings, sculptures, liturgical and religious objects.

museo de santo domingo

2.- Merced Convent Museum

  • Address: Calle Mantas Nº 121, Plaza de Armas Cusco.
  • Office hours: Monday to Saturday from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Entrance cost: Included in the tourist ticket.

Exhibition: You can appreciate the valuable collection of canvases of the Cusqueña school that decorates the walls of this beautiful museum, in addition, you will be able to appreciate embroidery in gold and silver, as well as religious sculptures in ivory, Bernardo Bitti’s paintings: “The Immaculate Conception” and the “Coronation of the Virgin”.

museo iglesia de la merced en cusco

3.- Inka Museum

It is also known as the Archaeological Museum of Cusco.

  • Address: Admiral No. 103.
  • Visiting hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Saturdays and holidays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Entrance fee: General S / 10.00 and Students S / 5.00

Exhibition: Highlights its collection of ceremonial Qeros decorated and carved in wood, Inca mummies, textiles and ceramics. Without a doubt, a special collection of archaeological pieces, which show the pre-Inca civilization, the Inca culture and the colonial era.

museo inka en cusco
Inka Museum in Cusco


4.- Pre-Columbian art museum

  • Address: It is located in the square of Las Nazarenas 231.
  • Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 22 Hrs. Sunday and holidays from 09:00 to 22:00 hours.
  • Entrance fee: General S / 20.00 (USD 7.00) and Students S / 10.00 (USD 3.00).

Exhibition: Shows the most important collection of archaeological objects of Ancient Peru: Handicrafts in precious metals, jewels, bone objects, themes from a variety of cultures, (Nazca, Mochica, Huari, Chimú and Chancay) as well as the collection of pieces of eroticism.

5.- Santa Catalina Museum

  • Address: Plazoleta Santa Catalina.
  • Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday from 09.00 am to 5.0 pm. Friday from 09.00 am to 3.30 pm. and Saturday from 09.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • Cost of admission: S / 10 (US $ 3.50) adults, S / 5 (US $ 1.50) students.

Exhibition: It shows mural paintings and canvases from the colonial era, as well as wood carvings, religious objects, collection of artistic works, fabrics with gold and silver threads. Instead, its architecture corresponds to the stages of the Renaissance, with Roman-style arches.

museo de santa catalina en cusco
Santa Catalina Museum in Cusco

6.- Museum of Religious Art

  • Location: Hatunrumiyoc Street one block from the Plaza de Armas.
  • Check-in: from 8 am to 6 pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
  • Entry price: General admission S / 15.00 Student S / 7.50.

Exhibition: The house where the museum works is a beautiful colonial building, on its walls is the famous stone of the 12 angles. It has a patio surrounded by passageways and arches, it also presents mosaic sockets and valuable works by great artists.

museo de arte religioso en cusco

How to visit the best museums in Cusco city?

We sugest to hire a tour guide from the free waking tour cusco team, they have awesome well prepared tour guides who are keen to show you the best form each museums, You will need 5 hours aprox to explore them. How much would you pay for a guided tour in the museums? We suggest to pay an average of 100 soles for a 4 hour guided tour!

Keep in mind that the average access to enter the museums is 20 soles, we strongly recomend you to visit Museo Inka and Muse de Arte Precolombino.

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