The BCRP Museum in downtown Lima is a quick and easy tour of Peru’s history through art. The BCRP is Peru’s central bank, so you might be inclined to think the museum is about coins, currency and finance.
While the building itself resembles a bank, the exhibits are all art and history. The building was designed as Peru’s official central bank in the Academic style in 1922.
The museum is free to enter and is not very big, so it may be ideal for those short on time or otherwise not too keen on a full day of learning Peru’s history.
On the ground floor is the popular-art gallery, featuring mostly artisanal textiles, pottery and images by Peru’s popular artists.
A “tumi,” or knife used in human sacrifice by the Mochica culture.
On the second floor is the republican and modern art gallery. The second floor is the main attraction for the BCRP.
A tapada limeña sculpture, located behind the security checkpoint so not part of the museum but within camera shot.
Tapadas limeñas by Julia Codesido.
Julia Codesido depicts an Afro-Peruvian woman in this painting, Morena Limeña.
The Carnaval of 1924 by Arequipa artist Jorge Vinatea Reinoso.
This portrayal of a bold Tupac Amaru by Teodoro Nuñez is impossible to miss.
An abstract painting by Peru’s world-renowned modernist, Fernando de Szyszlo.
Location and Info
The BCR Museum is located at the intersections of Lampa and the pedestrian street Ucayali, two blocks southeast from the Plaza de Armas.