All about the museum of contemporary art in Cusco
The contemporary art museum is a cultural center that offers the visitor different contemporary and classical works of art by national and foreign artists. In total, the museum has 280 works divided into three permanent and itinerant rooms. The works of the famous artisans of the San Blas neighborhood stand out, such as: Edilberto Mérida, Antonio Olave, Hilario Mendívil and others.
The museum is located right in front of the Square of Regocijo, in the heart of Cusco.
How to get?
The museum is located in the current municipal palace of Cusco, just a few steps from the Main Square of the city. You can get there on foot or by taxi, if you are outside the Historic Center.
The contemporary museum was created in 1995 thanks to the collaboration of different personalities from Cusco, including Mayor Daniel Estrada Pérez, collector Luis Rivera Dávalos, as well as various artists and institutions. Also important are the contributions of the artists Francisco Olazo, Óscar Olazo, Morales Accounts, Alberto Quintanilla, Emmilio Mendizábal, among others.
- Room 1 – This room is located on the first floor of the municipal palace. It is a traveling exhibition where temporary exhibitions of national and foreign artists are held, mainly of plastic works.
- Room 2 – This room, also located on the first floor, exhibits works of art by contemporary artists, either solo or group exhibitions. It should be noted that, on this floor of the museum, there is a patio where you can see works of handicrafts by contemporary Cusco artists.
- Room 3 – This room is located on the second floor of the municipal palace. It is a permanent exhibition of classic and contemporary artists, which are distributed in the shape of an 'L'. Among the most representative works are 'Río Vilcanota' by the artist Remigia Mendoza, which was made in the late 19th century. Also noteworthy are the works of Cusco artists such as Edilberto Mérida, Antonio Olave, Hilario Mendívil and others.
The visit to the museum of contemporary art is included in the Tourist Ticket of Cusco 2, which has a cost of 70 Peruvian soles (22 US dollars, approximately). This ticket also allows entry to the regional historical museum, the popular art museum, the Coricancha site museum, the Qosqo Center for Native Art, the monument to the Inca Pachacutec as well as the archaeological sites of Piquillacta and Tipón (South Valley of Cusco ).
Hours of Operation
The museum is open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Each year, the contemporary art museum holds more than fifty temporary exhibitions, featuring works of painting, textiles, plastic works and more.
The city of Cusco has several museums that expose the Inca and colonial culture. Some of the most important are: the Inca museum, Machu Picchu museum of the Casa Concha, the Coricancha site museum, among others.
The city of Cusco is famous for its beautiful crafts such as ceramics, textiles, canvases, and sculptures. The contemporary art museum has an exhibition of these types of crafts made by local artists. You can also buy them in some of the artisan markets or in the San Blas neighborhood.
The city of Cusco is located 3,399 meters above sea level (11,151 feet of altitude). At that point, visitors usually suffer from some of the symptoms of altitude sickness (nausea, fatigue, headache). These symptoms usually disappear after a day or two of acclimatization. However, a good option to reduce them is to drink plenty of water, such as mate de coca (an infusion made from the coca leaf).