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“A Precious Gem”

Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo
Ranked #63 of 347 things to do in Lima
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: It is the first Peruvian mineral´s museum that houses an outstanding collection of minerals, demonstrating their exquisite beauty,complexity and witness to the mining wealth of Peru. It also has significant exhibits of ceramic art from the Chancay culture (900-1400) as well as textiles from before 1532 and paintings from vice-regal times.
Reviewed 16 May 2014

An extraordinary personal collection of minerals, ceramics and textiles reflecting the richness, history and culture of Peru. Housed in a magnificently restored Colonial mansion in the center of Lima with a rich history, this is an experience many will treasure! The staff are all, without exception, extremely knowledgeable and courteous. You need not be a mineralogist to appreciate this wonderful place, much like a great Peruvian dish it brings many distinct flavours!
A must see!!

4  Thank Jim U
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Peru is a country full of mines, this beautiful museum gives a broad and detailed view of what we have under our feet in this country. Amazing! There are some other artifacts too. The museum´s architecture is also worth visiting, a classic beautiful house the deserves more than one visit.

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Reviewed 16 July 2013

we had some spare time before our flight went back and as our daughter likes her "stones" we found the Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo in the city centre of Lima.
Lovely, friendly and helpful staff of the museum showed us around. Very proud of their little museo. The show you all the minerals that are found in Peru, with a small collection of minerals that glow with UV light due to their fluorescence.. Additionally its features some tools, textiles etc from the chincha people - I think it was about 900 to 1200.. IF you like minerals at all, ! this one is worth it!!

2  Thank ziggy0027
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

The mineral collection and display is truly outstanding, with an excellent range of well presented displays, of mostly Peruvian minerals. Many of these displays are of substantial size, making them quite tangible. Also a small collection of minerals which show fluorescence in UV light are presented in a dark room. Strongly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in minerals. I have been since informed that is even impressive to professional mineralogists. Please be aware that photography is allowed on a limited basis only. I had personal attention from a most helpful guide (unfortunately Spanish speaking only).
The museum also houses an interesting range of ceramic and cloth archaeological artifacts, particularly from the Chancay culture. The building housing these collections is also impressive in its own right.

1  Thank Westralia
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Reviewed 15 February 2013

This is an amazing place to visit. If you have any interest in mineral samples, you will be amazed. If you like colonial architecture that gives you a sense of Lima's history, you will love the museum.
The place is the work of one of Peru's famous mine owners, Guido del Castillo, and he has done a fantastic job.
Be sure to visit when you are in Lima!

Thank SilverLlama
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