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“A bit trendy for Cusco” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pre-Columbian Art Museum

Pre-Columbian Art Museum
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Pre-Columbian Art Museum Tour with Dinner
Ranked #21 of 163 things to do in Cusco
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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 545 helpful votes
“A bit trendy for Cusco”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2011

This is a very high-brow museum, which is my way of saying it was expensive, and sparsely populated with art.

Some of the pieces are interesting, but it just doesn't feel like it's designed for the general population, more for the enthusiast.

Glad I went but would never go back.

Visited October 2011
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“Awakens you to the fact that this is ART, not primitive artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2010

One of the best museums I have been to. It is small, just the right size so you don't feel glutted by the time you leave. The captions are brilliant. They understand -- so rare in historical museums -- that these items were crafted by individual artists. So they point out the artistic choices made and why they work to cohere the piece, rather than say something like "Nasca Period."

I learned a good deal about art and gained a sensitivity to the artists of ancient Peru.

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Australia
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“Give it a miss”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2010

This museum gets its exhibits from the Larco Herrara Museum in Lima but is much smaller. It is expensive compared with the historical museum in Cusco (Museo Inka) and doesn’t cover much. There is a room with metal artefacts but the lighting is so dim I could barely see them. I realise the purpose of this museum is to display artefacts as works of art, but by the end I wondered "why bother?"

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shakeitsgreat
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“Very Fancy Museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2010

The Museo de Arte Precolumbino exhibits stone, wood, ceramic and metal artifacts from the west coast of South America dating 1500 AD and earlier. The exhibits were very professionally displayed with translations in Spanish, French and English. It is an important note that this is classified as an "Art" museum, not a "history" museum: the information offered about the artifacts were offered from the point of view of an art professor rather than for historical importance.

Since much of the information offered read like a review from a modern art trade publication, it was really more of a place to look at the pieces and say, "Wow, I can't believe they could make that 3,000 years ago." On the flip side, the artifacts there were in much better condition, and of much higher quality and variety than any other museum I visited in Cuzco.

I enjoyed this museum, but if you visit Museo Inka and the Larco Museum in Lima, you could probably save 20 soles and skip this one.

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“A unique approach of pre-Columbian art.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2009

After having spent a few days in the Sacred Valley, visiting all the Inca villages, and hiking up to Machu Picchu, we spent a few days in Cusco and had the occasion to visit the MAP museum. I should have done it the other way around because a visit at the Map museum definitly explained a lot about pre-Columbian civilizations. The mansion is incredible and the concept is very original. You just follow a red line if you want to have a chronological visit of the museum. Each gallery explores a topic and you won´t find any boring technical explanation of the pieces, the museum offers an artistic approach, each gallery is described by quotations from diverse artists. The collection is incredibly well-arranged, the highlight of the visit was for me the two interlaced Moche ducks, they seem to be in the middle of a love play, without paying attention of the surroundings...

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