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Metropolitan Museum of Lima

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Peru's first virtual museum

Translated by Matthew McKenzie — 10 months ago

Original text by Jesus en su tinta

Hi everyone! I hope you're all well, today I want to tell you about Peru's first virtual museum which is known as The Metropolitan Museum of Peru and is situated in the Park of the Exhibition. This museum tells you the story of the city of Lima in a very entertaining way using technology, mock-ups and simulations of how Lima was since the prehispanic era until the present.


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I have had the opportunity of going to this museum twice since once of my friends is an art historian and I encourage myself to go to this museum where I could entertain myself to the fullest and I am no longer a child it is not necessary! Since one feels like you're entering different movie theatres where each in each room they explain the different stages of Lima. There is also a room that makes you feel like you lived one of the most catastrophic earthquakes which happened in 1746 and a room where you can sit and listen and see and feel how everything moves, as well as a projection in the room which shows how people lived in the colonial era which is said to be a strong part of the history.

This museum is heard, felt and lived, there is even a room that amazed me a lot where I threw myself to the carpeted floor and from the ceiling I could see a projection of Lima where music is heard from one of the most recognised tenors of Peru. I'm referring to Juan Diego Flores

There is also a model where the construction of the main square of Lima is seen in a projection where you can see how it has evolved by pressing a single button.

Another room which attracted my attention was seeing a projection of a writer known as Ricardo Palma for his work Peruvian Traditions and there are people behind a glass wall who speak with you and you think that they are really there when in reality it is a recording!

The tour is spectacular as well as seeing projections in 3D and 4D however keep in mind that the museum is only presented in Spanish so I hope you are encouraged to learn it since it is a unique place.

As the museum is located within the Park of the Exhibition you can also take advantage of touring the park where where you can find important monuments such as the Chinese Fountain, the Byzantine Pavilion and the Morisco Pavilion as well as finding different activities such as music and dance competitions in some seasons and various food stalls so you can eat some rich anticucho or try another tasty Peruvian stew.

Below I have given the schedules of the Metropolitan Museum of Lima:

Audiovisual tour (Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4:30 pm)

Seasonal exhibition (Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm).

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