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Ancash Archaeological Museum

Ancash Archaeological Museum

Founded on October 22, 1935, the Archaeological Museum of Ancash is one of the earliest regional museums in Peru and South America. In 1919, archaeologist Julio Cesar Tello suggested building it.

The Archaeological Museum of Ancash is one of the department's main museums. It has a large collection of artifacts from archaeology. Since its founding in 1935, the museum has used its large collection to tell the story of the pre-Inca cultures in the Ancash region. Currently, The Ministry of Culture is running the museum.

The museum is next to the largest lithic park in  America. It is called "the largest." It has about 120 monoliths, lintels, and "Cabezas clava." (Monuments with sculpted heads from pre-Columbian Andean architecture are called like that. The cabezas clavas depict the heads of mythical creatures, they also made other lithic artifacts, some of which are from the Recuay culture.

The museum displays cultural items such as textiles, bones, and ceramics. These artifacts are from the AD 600 era, dioramas and models are scattered throughout these galleries. Four exhibition halls spread across a single three-story building serve as the home of this fascinating museum. The following are the display halls:

  • A variety of collections are on display in the Temporary Exhibition Hall. They span from artistic to archeological objects and lack a clear theme. It also serves as an auditorium for conferences and speeches. They are about historical and archaeological themes.

  • Artifacts about the Ancash people's early history are on display in this hall. It features artifacts from Recuay, Moche, and Chavín cultures.

  • Here is the Permanent Exhibition Hall located. It has to do with Andean technology and archaeological legacy. It focuses on the Andes' technological achievements while also highlighting Ancash's cultural legacy.

  • The Hall of Contemporary Collections is this. Visitors can view modern pieces here. These include ancient clothes from several Ancash sites. They also have sculptures from the Recuay region.

Along with the indoor exhibitions, the museum's gardens house a huge collection of stone sculptures. The sculptures come from the Recuay culture. 

The Lithic Park collection includes over 100 sculptures that are known. The collection is not located in a distinct hall, it's called "The Tomb of Jancu", made up of remains unearthed in a tomb at Recuay in 1969.

To get there, this museum is just a few meters from Plaza de Armas, on Mariscal Toribio de Luzuriaga Avenue. You can take a short walk or a guided tour of the city's main attractions, such as the Mirador de Rataquenua, and archaeological sites to visit them. This will give you a better understanding of the city's culture and history.

General Information Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM,

Saturdays from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM.

Entrance Fee: S/.10.00, Students - S/. 5.00.

Address: Av. Mariscal Toribio de Luzuriaga, Huaraz

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