Museo de Arqueología y Antropología UNMSM

The Museum of Archeology and Anthropology (MAA) of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) is one of the most outstanding university museums in the country and the region both for its invaluable lithic, ceramic and organic elements and for its continuous cultural heritage.


Founded on October 21, 1919 by Julio C. Tello, who represents an important part of the history of this museum. In addition, the Museum is associated with the life and work of leading intellectuals such as Toribio Mejía, Rebeca Carrión, Pedro Weiss, Luis Valcárcel, Jorge Muelle, Duccio Bonavía, Ernesto Tabío, Jiménez Borja, Edward Lanning, Richard MacNeish, Hans Horkheimer, Luis Lumbreras, Rosa Fung, among others.


The MAA-UNMSM promotes and supports research, the study of ancient and contemporary societies in the Andean area; safekeeping and conservation of its archaeological and ethnological collections. also, the Museum provides students, scholars, and the community in general, innovative tools for teaching and learning in order to enrich professional development. Besides, the Museum offers workshops, lectures, publications and exhibits.


Nowadays, the Museum has displayed the Paracas exhibit which is composed of the majestic White Mantle of Paracas, an unique piece of textile, 200 B.C., decorated with a complex iconography with extraordinary artistic, aesthetic and chromatic beauty. The exhibit also includes a mummified Paracas human body, lithics, and ceramic pieces elaborated by the ancient inhabitants of the Ica Valley and the Paracas Bay. The exhibit is made up of majestic embroidered textiles, mummified funerary contexts, and pieces of ceramics and stone, which represent the aboriginal art of the Paracas culture and are corresponding to its two phases of cultural development: Paracas Cavernas and Paracas Necropolis. The Paracas collection of the MAA-UNMSM was born from the invaluable work and effort of its founder, Dr. Julio C. Tello, father of Peruvian archeology. In addition, the Museum has been publishing Tello´s manuscripts that form a valuable resource about his research made throughout the Peruvian territory.

Part of the Paracas exhibition

Visits to the Paracas exhibition, "Winds of the South"

Entrance as part of the tour to the Cultural Center of San Marcos

Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

General admission: S / 8.00

University students: S / 4.00

Seniors and schoolchildren: S / 2.00

San Marcos University students, teachers and workers: Free admission.

Av. Nicolás de Piérola 1222, Parque Universitario, Centro Histórico de Lima, Perú

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