What to visit in Cuzco: Regional Historical Museum

The Regional Historical Museum in Cuzco is one of those places that every traveler should visit. Better known as the House of the Inka Garcilaso de la Vega the entrance fee is included in the “Boleto Turístico” (Tourist Ticket) that is usually bought when visiting Cuzco.

It is named so after the distinguished writer Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, who was born and lived for 20 years in the site of the Museum.

This historical building of unique architectural beauty dates from the XVI century, fitting in the style of building palaces or large houses from the colonial era in Cuzco.

Inside the Garcilaso Museum is a gallery of half point arches that encircle a central patio with Andalucian style, as well as the stone and wood balconies that are on the second floor.  Several restoration works were undertaken after the earthquakes that hit Cuzco in 1650, 1959 and 1986.

Attractions

The museum of the Inca Garcilaso is divided into two levels, with 14 exhibition rooms that contain elements ranging from the Pleistocene to the Incan period. It also holds a temporary exhibitions hall in which the visual works of several artists, mostly from Cuzco, are exhibited.

Its collection also contains Incan ceramics, metallic objects and mantles from several historic periods. There is

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no lack of classic works of arts, such as pictures, and the renowned paintings of the “Cusqueña School” from the XVI to the XVIII century.

Finally, there is a remarkable and vast collection of Pre-Incan times relics; ceramics, paintings, metals and textiles that can be found spread across its many rooms.

Who was Garcilaso de la Vega?

He was a Peruvian writer and historian, son of the Spanish conqueror Garcilaso de la Vega and of the Incan princess Isabel. He is considered to be “the first biological and spiritual mixed race person in America”, who sought to come to terms with his two cultural heritages: the Incan and European, while at the same time achieving a great intellectual renown.

Garcilaso lived his whole life with the stigma of being an illegitimate son and of not being recognized by the Spanish Crown. The continuous divergence of his mixed-race origin led him to raise the deep and extensive issue of identity in many of his works.

Among his many literary works, the second part of Comentarios Reales truly stands out. It is better known as the General History of Peru.

Useful facts to visit the Garcilaso de la Vega Museum

  • Address: Heladeros Street intersection with Garcilaso Street, Cuzco. (Reference Point: in front of Plaza Regocijo).
  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:00 am. to 5:00 pm. except Saturday from 8:00 am. to 1:00 pm.
  • Ticket price: Included in “Boleto Turístico” (Tourist Ticket) of Cuzco (130 Soles.)
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