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Reviewed 11 April 2010

This museum was old and looked like it needed a funding boost but nevertheless it improved my appreciation of Inca and pre-Inca culture. It had the usual pots etc and also a model of what an Incan settlement in the mountains would have looked like, a recreation of a burial chamber, and a room with furniture from the office of the Spanish colonial ruler.

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Reviewed 18 January 2010

The Museo Inka displays artifacts historical information about the Incas and other pre-Columbian cultures housed in a well-restored Spanish-colonial mansion.

It's true what other reviewers report, that most of the placards are en español, but you can follow along with those that are in English, and if you have visited other museums, you kinda get the idea of what's going on anyway. The Museo Inka stands out just due to the sheer number of artifacts on display. Although not as well maintained as the MAP, this museum has photos, dioramas and many large stone and ceramic works on display along with the metal works, tools and other small ceramics.

In addition to the pre-Columbian artifacts of the regions native peoples, the Museo Inka also offers a large collection of artifacts and paintings relating specifically to the Incas. If you're a real history buff who doesn't speak a lot of Spanish, I'd recommend hiring a local English-speaking guide to help with explanations and translation - they're cheap and can be found throughout the city - shop around.

On a negative note, the museum is a bit dated and hasn't been maintained very well. Many of the signs and placards are yellowed and contain typo's. Positively, there's a lot to look at under one roof, and the admission fee is only 10 soles.

One of the highlights for me was the large exhibit on Machu Picchu: a wall of photographs detailing the site's re-discovery and restoration.

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Reviewed 24 November 2008

We went here because we heard it was an excellent showcase of the Incan culture, and maybe it is, but I can't read Spanish well enough to tell. Many of the exhibits looked quite interesting, some were more finished than others, but it was frustrating not to be able to tell exactly what they were or why they were significant. That said, I'm glad I went but I got much more out of the museum near Machu Picchu than I did from here. If you only have time for one definitely go to that one. It gives the non-Spanish speaker a much clearer insight into the Incas than this one does.

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Reviewed 25 September 2008

Spent 4 days hiking the Inca Trail and viewing the magnificient Machu Picchu site. Advised by our guide to visit the Inca museum in Cuzco. Very disappointed to find that all the artifacts on display had their explanations in Spanish with no English subtext. Asked for an English speaking guide but sadly his English was very poor. A poor effort by the Peru Tourist Authority to showcase some amazing artifacts and life and times of the Incas.

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Reviewed 28 June 2008

Overall a good Museum. It was the only one we went to as it was highly recommended by some travelers we encountered. Yes, 90% of the the exhibit descriptions are in Spanish, which is really stupid since most of the visitors speak English. However, I read somewhere that a local company is sponsoring more English descriptions (which is funny) so this might get better soon. When we went, we loosely followed (at a small distance) a guide for a small group, which worked out OK. Usually, in front of various cultural sites you will find guides offering there services. Some are better than others. This one seemed to be giving a lot of the same info in the Spannish descriptions.

I was surprised that the museum had almost nothing on the tools and weapons used by the Incas. It is not a comprhensive or well organized museum of Inca culture. They could do much better, but it is very cheap to get in and well worth the time. A couple hours was good for us. You'll want to take a pic of the courtyard bathroom signs for man and woman. They are very Inca and very funny to western sensibilities.

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