The Inka Museum of Cusco: How much does it cost? What to see?
The Inka Museum of Cusco is considered the best in Cusco. It is that it has an important collection of ceramics, textiles, tools and more (its collection of keros or Inca ceremonial vessels stands out). Its rooms also exhibit pieces and infographics from the Peruvian cultures that preceded the Incas. Highlight the Inca tomb in real size. The cost of admission is very cheap – from approximately 3 dollars. Learn more!
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Inka Museum, the best museum in Cusco?
Yes, the Inka Museum of Cusco is considered the best in the city.
The reasons? It has several rooms that exhibit chronologically the development of the Inca and pre-Inca civilizations: Chavín, Marcavalle, Nazca, Wari and Inca.
Its collection of ceremonial vessels –keros– stands out, as well as an Inca tomb in real dimensions.
The enclosure where the museum is located was the palace of the Inca emperor Huáscar. In colonial times it was the house of Admiral Alderete Maldonado (due to this, the site is called Casa del Admiral).
Currently the museum is organized by the National University of Cusco (Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad).
Where is it?
The museum is located on Calle Cuesta del Almirante 103, just 160 meters away from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.
History of the museum
The area where the museum is located belonged to Emperor Huáscar (1,490 AD – 1,533 AD) during the Inca period.
At the beginning of the seventeenth century, in colonial times, the mansion of Admiral Francisco Alderete Maldonado was built there. This architecture stands out for its patio with semicircular arches, rooms decorated with coffered ceilings and walls and pedestals and Corinthian columns.
Since the end of the 20th century, the building and museum began to be managed by the San Antonio de Abad National University of Cusco.
In addition to the permanent rooms, the museum offers temporary exhibitions on mystic music, textile centers, ceramics and textiles made by local people.
What to see?
The museum exhibits up to seven permanent rooms with the following themes:
- Room of pre-Inca cultures – Exhibits a collection of ceramics, textiles and utensils belonging to the Chavín, Nazca, Chancay, Mochica, Chimú, Paracas, Wari cultures and more.
- Room of pre-Inca human settlements – Exhibits a collection of ceramics, tools and utensils belonging to the Cusco cultures: Chanapata, Marcavalle, Qotakalle and, of course, the Incas.
- Environment room – Displays panels, maps and dioramas that show the importance of geography for the development of the Inca and pre-Inca cultures.
- Room of Inca origins – Exhibits a collection of artifacts and information panels on the origin of the Inca culture: mythological and historical versions. Its collection of ceramics from the first historical stages of the Incas stands out.
- Sala los Incas del Qosqo – Exhibits a collection of ceramics, textiles, tools and utensils dating from the Inca imperial era. It is worth noting the collection of queros or Inca ceremonial vessels.
- Spanish invasion room – Displays maps, infographics and information panels on the Spanish invasion process in Cusco. Its collection of colonial furniture stands out.
- Mallki Wasi Room – Displays a life-size recreation of an Inca tomb along with ceramics, textiles and more. It is one of the most outstanding rooms in the museum.
How much does it cost?
Price in peruvian soles
Price in american dollars
2.58 USD (approximately).
1.29 USD (approximately).
Can I visit the Inka museum for free with a tour guide?
The Inka museum of Cusco can be visited with a Cusco Free Tours. This service includes the company of a professional tour guide from Cusco. It also offers visits to other museums in the city such as: the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Santa Catalina. Recommended.
Questions and answers about the Inka museum of Cusco
What to see in the Inka Museum of Cusco?
The Inka Museum of Cusco allows you to visit a collection of ceramics, textiles, tools and utensils from the Inca and pre-Inca cultures. It stands out for its collection of queros and a life-size recreation of an Inca tomb.
How much does the entrance to the Inka museum of Cusco cost?
The entrance ticket costs 10 soles for Peruvian tourists and 5 soles for foreign tourists.
Can I visit the Inka Museum for free with a professional guide?
Yes, you can visit the museum within a Cusco Free Tours, which includes the company of a professional tour guide. Includes a visit to other museums in the city!
Where is the Inka Museum?
The museum is located on Cuesta del Almirante 154 –a few steps from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas–.
What are the visiting hours of the Inka Museum?
Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 8 in the morning to 6 in the afternoon (on Saturdays until 1 in the afternoon).
Is the Inka Museum of Cusco open on Sundays?
No, the museum is closed on Sundays and holidays in Peru.
How far is the Plaza de Armas from the Inka Museum of Cusco?
The museum is located just 160 meters on foot from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.
What other museum to visit in Cusco besides the Inka Museum?
During your visit to the city of Cusco, in addition to the Inka Museum, you can visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the Machu Picchu Museum of Casa Concha, the Santa Catalina Convent Museum and more.
Can I see ceramics in the Inka Museum of Cusco?
Yes, the museum includes a collection of ceramics from Inca and pre-Inca cultures. Its huacos portraits, keros (ceremonial vessels) and more stand out.
How long does the tour in the Inka Museum take?
The museum tour takes approximately 1 hour.