CUSCO | Museo Histórico Regional de Cusco (“Regional Historical Museum of Cusco”) is one of the most popular museums in Cusco, and is located in the former colonial-era residence of Inca/Spanish chronicler and writer Garcilaso de la Vega Chimpuocllo. It’s been a museum since 1946, and chronicles the history of Cusco.
The museum’s collection is presented chronologically, starting with pre-ceramic Andean cultures through to the Early Horizon Period (Marcavalle and Chanapata), Middle Horizon (Wari), Late Intermediate (Killke and Lucre), and Late Horizon (Inca) periods. The section that deals with Túpac Amaru, the last indigenous monarch of the Neo-Inca State, is particularly extensive and interesting.
As well as Andean cultures, the museum houses an important collection of paintings of the Cusco Academy, and several colonial era artefacts. The compact museum takes around one hour to cover, and entry is covered by the boleto turístico. The boleto turístico is a pass which grants holders access to many of the most important and popular historical sites and museums in Cusco.
Museo Histórico Regional de Cusco
Mon – Sun: 8:00am to 5:00pm