The Museum of Santa Catalina is situated in Santa Catalina square No. 401, a few steps from Plaza de Armas of Cusco, walking on Santa Catalina Street.
The site currently occupied by this museum, was called in Inca times the Acllawasi or House of the Chosen. It recruited the most beautiful women of the empire, who had to devote themselves to sun worship and others to the service of the Inca nobility, as well as textile work and the kitchen work and on some occasion becoming strong warriors.
The Monastery of St. Catalina was founded in 1601 in the city of Arequipa, but was soon transferred to Cusco because of a series of devastating natural disasters that took place in Arequipa in the beginning of the seventeenth century. The initiative of the foundation belonged to the widow Dona Lucia Rivera de Padilla from Arequipa, who possessed great wealth. In February 1605 the first 25 professed nuns came to Cusco.
The museum offers an exquisite colonial architecture corresponding to the last stages of the Renaissance, with the presence of Roman-style arches. It features paintings from the Cusco School of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, huge tapestries from the colonial era and, most notably, the chapter house where you can admire the colorful colonial paintings.
Monday to Saturday: 08:30a.m.-5:30p.m.
National or foreign adult: S/. 8.00 National or foreign student: S/. 4.00 Children up to 9 years old don´t pay.