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Casa Concha Museum

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Address: Santa Catalina Ancha 320, Cusco, Cusco, Peru
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+51 84 255535
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The most comprehensive collection of Inca artifacts from Machu Picchu in...

The most comprehensive collection of Inca artifacts from Machu Picchu in the world. There are 366 museum-quality objects displayed in a colonial building that dates back to the 18th century. To truly understand the Inca culture, one must visit Machu PIcchu and the Casa Concha Museum. The museum provides insights into the daily life at Machu Picchu and an overview of the landscape and challenges the Inca's faced there. This is a must-see before (or after) visiting Machu Picchu

The collection of artifacts at Casa Concha was returned by Yale University in 2011, and includes more than 30-thousand additional fragments of pottery, stonework, jewelry that are not suitable for display at this time. Those fragments are being kept in storage to be studied by local and international researchers.

This collection of antiquities was housed at Yale's Peabody Museum for almost 100 years, before being returned home to Peru in 2011.

 

 

The exhibition also has more Inka artifacts that were discovered during the archeological excavations during the process of the restauration of the Casa Concha.

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This was a cute little museum, fairly bare bones but it had some good (basic) information about the Incans and Machu Picchu. It starts with information on the "scientific... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2017
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and found it complimented my visit to Machu Picchu. I was particularly interested in seeing the site as it was when first rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. My only disappointment was that many of the items were not labeled in English.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I visited the museum to prepare for my trip to Machu Picchu - learned very little, and paid more than any other museum in town. Not worth the time or money.

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

This was a cute little museum, fairly bare bones but it had some good (basic) information about the Incans and Machu Picchu. It starts with information on the "scientific discovery" of Machu Picchu in the early 20th century and provides a basic overview of Machu Picchu and pre-Colombian Incan life. The information provided could seem elementary and limited for someone... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We visited this museum after having visited Machu Picchu a couple of days ago. We were expecting to gain a little bit more information about Machu Picchu, its history etc but the information in English was far from satisfactory. Some displays didn't have any English info at all and some had info written with such small fonts that I gave... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

After our visit to Machu Picchu there were just a couple of queries and going to this museum full of artefacts, photographs and videos with English subtitles was very helpful. It was quiet and we spent over an hour wandering from room to room around an open courtyard. Easy to find in the enter of Cusco.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Nice museum! it is interesting to see what they have in here worth your time and worth the entrance its not a lot!

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Thousand Oaks, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2016

This museum is worth visiting, but the presentation is quite poor. As other reviewers noted, this museum is the new home for the former Yale Peabody Museum collection from the Yale Expedition to Machu Picchu in 1913. It's great to see the artifacts closer to their true home, but--especially as a Yale alumnus--I'm disappointed that Yale's outstanding museum curators didn't... More 

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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

We thought this museum was excellent - kind of surprised at negative comments. We came here after touring Machu Picchu, and it helped us understand more of what we saw there. Great video.. pictures... and actual documents from Hiram Bingham. Definitely worth visiting.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

My husband and I visited the Machu Picchu Museum on our last night in Cusco (after our trek to MP). It was very basic and given the opportunity, we would not return. I would also add that if you are not fluent in Spanish, I would not recommend attending - Only about 50% of the museum was also translated to... More 

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Oud-Zuilen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

This Machu Picchu Museum is located in a previous military building. It is very interesting and a must see for Machu Picchu visitors. It provides a lot of information.

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