Historical Museum of Cusco

The birthplace of the mestizo writer Inca Garcilaso de la Vega is the scene of one of the most visited museums in the city of Cusco. The beautiful Casona was converted into the Regional Historical Museum since 1946. It is located in the historic center of the city, just two blocks from the Plaza Mayor, exactly on Garcilaso street with Heladeros street in the city of Cusco.

 Museo Histórico Regional del Cusco

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

Considered the "first biological and spiritual mestizo of America", because he knew how to assume and reconcile the American and European indigenous culture, thus reaching a great intellectual renown. He is considered as the father of the letters of the continent, his most famous work was "The Royal Commentaries of the Incas". He was born on April 12, 1539, son of Captain Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega and ñusta Isabel Chimpu Ocllo, granddaughter of the Inca Túpac Yupanqui. He died in Cordoba on April 22, 1616, 10 days after having reached 67 years of age, his body is buried in the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba - Spain.

 Museo Histórico Regional del Cusco

Museum data

  • It is a reliquary of colonial art
  • When entering the museum's environments, he takes us to another time to learn about the daily life of the mestizo creator of the famous "Comentarios Reales".
  • The museum has a two-story building, where three exhibition halls are distributed.
  • On the lower floor there are two rooms for all those temporary exhibitions, while the second level, which is an "L" shaped environment, we can find the permanent exhibition of the museum dedicated exclusively to the artistic presentation of contemporary art.
  •  Museo Histórico Regional del Cusco

    What is displayed in this beautiful venue?

  • You can see archaeological pieces from the region of Cusco and also from the coast of Peru, a vast collection of objects from the pre-Inca period such as ceramics, textiles, musical instruments and tools dedicated to agriculture.
  • We can also appreciate artistic expressions such as painting and metal objects from the colonial period, chapels bathed in gold leaf and balconies from Cusco. Collection of coins of the republic and the colonial era.
  • The Cusqueña School is also present in the museum in an important collection that is exhibited in its renovated environments. The paintings dedicated to San Ignacio Obispo, Santa María and San Sebastián stand out. Another artistic expression is the sculptures in the wood technique that belong to Bernardo Bitti, you can also see the works of Pablo Chilli, Antonio Vilca, Gerónimo Gutiérrez and the Cusco artist Diego Quispe Tito.
  •  Museo Histórico Regional del Cusco

    Important information you should know before visiting the venue

    At present the Regional Historical Museum of Cusco is administered by the Ministry of Culture of Cusco. It is open to the general public from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and its rates are as follows:

  • Adults including the Tourist Ticket of Cusco - Circuit II: S / 70.00
  • Students of higher education Included in the Tourist Ticket of Cusco - Circuit II: S / 40.00
  • Foreigners included in the Tourist Ticket of Cusco - Circuit II: S / 130.00
  • Foreigners Students - Included in the Tourist Ticket of Cusco, Circuit II: S / 70.00
  • School education students: free
  • Other Cusqueños and Cuzco-born residents: free
  •  Museo Histórico Regional del Cusco

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