The Inka Museum is a place where the Andean culture is kept alive, offers visitors information, and creates in them imagination, inspiration, reflection of new realities.

The museum is located one block from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco and belongs to the National University of San Antonio Abad del Cusco. The name given to this art gallery, tries to show in an orderly manner the history of Cusco from the Inca perspective, from pre-Hispanic times to the twentieth century.

Here we can find historical documents, a collection of objects from the pre-Inca period, Inca textiles, agricultural tools and Inca musical instruments. As well as paintings and metal objects from the colonial and republican period. In addition to colonial architecture: chapels bathed in gold leaf; Cusquenian balconies (furniture). Colonial and Republican coins. Itinerant exhibition room of contemporary art.

It also has a vast collection of keros (carved wooden ceremonial vessels), textiles, mummies, and solid gold and silver idols, as well as Inca weapons, tools and ceramics. Its architecture shows the magnificence of the colony, such as the exterior balcony whose central column has the shape of a caryatid (sculpted female figure that functions as a column).

It is housed in a colonial mansion built with Inca stones by Spanish Admiral Francisco Alderete Maldonado in the early seventeenth century. Hence it is popularly known as the Admiral's House. It is known that he lived there until his death in 1643. It was rebuilt by Pedro Peralta de los Ríos before the earthquake in Cusco in 1650. After the earthquake it was the National University of San Antonio Abab del Cusco, who rebuilt again. Currently shows the coat of arms of their reconstructions that added to the attractive cover that looks today, as well as its large courtyard of arches and coffered halls.

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