Gold museum (Museo de Oro) is a quite popular attraction in capital of Peru. Unfortunately many people leave this place with big disappointment. From where those negative opinions? It is not connected with exhibits itself. There are a lot of them here and they are beautiful. But there is something that makes sightseeing this place quite challenging.
I am not big fun of museums, but from time to time I like to see one. Especially if it presents interesting exhibits and allows you to expand your knowledge.
There are many museums in Peru I can highly recommend. You can get a lot of new knowledge there and for sure you won’t be bored. We can list here for example Museo Tumbes Reales de Spina w Lambayeque, Juanita Museum in Arequipa – Museo Santuarios Andinos, or Museo Departmental de San Martín in Moyobamba. It is better to see them with the guide, because only then you can get 100% from those places. They have a lot of exhibits and all of them are very interesting.
The same case is with Gold Museum in Lima. You can see there gold and silver exhibits from pre Spanish times. There is only one problem, which might make gathering knowledge difficult. Why is that?
Everything is because of poor or missing descriptions under each item. It is hard with them to understand everything, see the whole picture.
There is something even worse!
This museum does not have sightseeing option with a guide. There are no maps, audiobooks.
If you have some basic knowledge about Peru and ancient cultures, maybe you won’t notice this missing piece. I can imagine that many people do not have such knowledge and they come to museum do get it. Here unfortunately it won’t happen. It is worth to be aware of it, because entrance to museum is not cheap. Current ticket price is 33 sols. Apart from that museum is not located in the city center, so you need spend additional money on transportation. Think twice before going there.
In my opinion Gold Museum in Lima is only worth to visit with the guide, who knows this place and have big knowledge about Peruvian culture. You need to find such person on your own, but that might guarantee that you are not disappointed with this visit.