This museum exhibits an impressive collection of pre-Hispanic and pre-Columbian artifacts from the ancient cultures that inhabited the region.
The creation of the UNSA Museum was "thanks" to the discovery of the Churajón mines (Choquellampa - Mollebaya, la Waca) and it began with a small collection of archaeological objects donated by Monsignor Leonidas Bernedo Málaga and increased by the efforts of the first Professor of Archaeology at the University, Dr. Manuel G. Suarez Polar.
The archaeological assets in the Museum come from research funded by the University, as well as by foreign foundations and donations made by philanthropists who love Peruvian culture, such as the Manuel M. Del Valle, Yabar, Fulbright, Victoria De La Jara and many other collections.
The archaeological material of the Museum is from different periods, from the pre-ceramic 8,000 B.C. to the colony and Republic, highlighting the objects from the period of Regional Development of Churajón de Arequipa.
The Museum currently has about eight thousand cultural objects made up of ceramics, bones, pre-Hispanic textiles, mummies, lithic objects, metals, etc., the most valuable collection is that of Keros or ceremonial vessels known as the Yabar collection.
Among the most striking pieces in the museum is the mummy of a girl of 5 to 6 years old, found in the high area of PichuPichu and that was given in sacrifice to the Apu (God incarnated in a hill or mountain), the little girl died of a blow to the head and was buried with pots, keros, remains of corn and pieces of metal such as silver and bronze.
Visiting hours are Monday through Friday from 09:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m.
The cost of the general admission is S/. 2.00 nuevos soles.
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