The Callao Naval Museum

The Peruvian Navy has a long history since its founding on October 8, 1821. To claim its history and that of its heroes there are up to seven naval museums, of which The most important of which is the so-called 'Callao Naval Museum'. This is located in front of the Callao sea. In its ten rooms the history of the institution is summarized. Its most famous pieces are a part of the prow of the Spanish ship Nuestro Señor del Triunfo as well as part of the barrel of the Chilean schooner La Covadonga.


The Naval Museum of Peru is one of the seven naval museums created by the Peruvian Navy. It is located in the tourist area of ​​Callao, facing the sea of ​​the Pacific Ocean.

The other naval museums in Peru are: The Grau House in Lima, the Grau House in Piura, the Arequipa Navy Exhibition Hall, the America Museum in Iquitos, the Puno Naval Museum and the Abtao Museum that belongs to the Association of Diving Officials of Peru.

The Naval Museum of Peru in Callao is the most important of its kind in Peru. Its creation dates back to 1958. Currently it has 10 rooms that expose the history of navigation in Peru, from pre-Hispanic times to the present, passing through important events such as the War of the Pacific.

The rooms on display are: a) Artillery and Muzzle Loading Room, b) Maritime Domain Room, c) Mar de Grau Room, d) Pre-Hispanic Room, e) South Sea Navy Room, f ) A Peruvian Navy Chamber, g) Peru Armed Chamber 1821 - 1866, h) Republican Chamber of 1987 - 1900, i) Naval Forces Chamber and j) Antarctica and Altiplano Chamber and Amazon Chamber.

Notable museum objects such as figureheads from a Spanish ship in the 18th century. Also the cannon of the Chilean schooner Covadonga that was rescued from the War of the Pacific. Every time there are temporary exhibitions.

The Heritage of the Peruvian Navy that is exhibited in this museum are weapons, paintings, portraits, sculptures and scale models.


The Naval Museum of Peru is located in the tourist center of Callao, just a few steps from Square Miguel Grau and other tourist attractions such as the famous Fortress of Real Felipe or the Abtao del Callao Museum.

The address of the Naval Museum of Peru is Avenida Jorge Chávez 123.

How to get there?

To get to the Naval Museum of Peru you must follow these steps:

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Museum history

On October 8, 1821, months after the founding of Peru, the Peruvian Navy was founded. More than a century later, and after several historical events such as the War with Chile in 1879, the Naval Museum of Peru was created in 1957, which has some of the most important historical objects belonging to the Peruvian Navy.

However, the museum modified its content on display on March 21, 1958. This is due to the fact that naval cadets Oscar Rizo Patrón Belgrano, Fernando Grau Umlauff, Percy Pérez Barlabás, Carlos Guzmán Lanfranco, Alfredo Ibárcena Morán and Fernando Jiménez Roman brought from Chile objects belonging to the Peruvian hero of the War of the Pacific, Miguel Grau Seminario.

On July 8, 1962, under the direction of the director, Commander Julio José Elías Murguía, the museum began to operate. In the following years the museum improved its facilities, its exhibitions receiving visitors from not only Peru but also from abroad.

What to see in the museum?

Visiting hours

The Naval Museum of Peru is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.


The entrance to the museum has the following cost:


Museo naval del Callao
Museo naval del Callao
Museo naval del Callao
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Callao is also famous for its islands. One of its main tourist attractions are the Palomino islands where it is possible to swim with sea lions. In the nearby dock of the Square Grau (very close to the Naval Museum of Peru) are the boats that offer the visit to this place.

Just a few steps from the naval museum of Peru is the 'Abtao Submarine Naval Site Museum', which offers the opportunity to enter a submarine and learn about its infrastructure, torpedoes, batteries, engine room, engines and more.

The museum is located in a tourist area with permanent surveillance. It is also advisable to prevent and avoid bringing objects of great economic value such as fine watches, jewelry or high-end cell phones. Callao is considered one of the provinces of Lima with high crime rates.

The climate in Callao is humid with pleasant sun in the summer (January, February and March). The maximum temperature in those months can reach 30ºC. The rest of the year you can visit with a jacket and polo shirt. The weather from April to December can reach a maximum of 24ºC. and a minimum of 14ºC.

Tourist attractions close to The Callao naval museum

The Palomino islands in Callao

Boats depart from Square Grau del Callao to the islands of San Lorenzo, El Frontón, Cavinza and Palomino where you can swim with sea lions.

The Palomino islands in Callao