The Popular Art Museum is located in the Touristic Galleries, Avenida El Sol 103, in the basement, where the sale offices for the Touristic Ticket of Cusco are located.
The Folk Art Museum of Cusco belongs to the American Institute of Arts, an ancient and traditional cultural organization of the city, which founded “Jubilee Week of Cusco” that takes place in June and rescued from disappearance the fair of “Santurantikuy” that takes place in December.
The collection has some of the best pieces of folk art from Cusco since the 1940, mostly acquired systematically at the annual Santurantikuy Christmas fair. In the collection there are pieces of outstanding masters: Hilario Mendivil and family, Edilberto Merida, Nemesio Villasante, Santiago Rojas, Luis Acosta, Jesus La Torre, Antonio Olave, among others.
The Popular Art Museum displays works of art such as: sculptures, ceramics, photographs and others of the most renowned craftsmen of Cusco, such as: Edilberto Merida, with his grotesque art sculptures made of clay, Hilario Mendivil with sculptures made of rice dough of religious style; its most important features are the images of elongated necks with drawings of flowers, the most characteristic are the Virgin of Bethlehem and the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family). You can also see works by Santiago Rojas with representations of everyday life of the inhabitants of Cusco itself for the party Santuranticuy (December 24). Another important craft is Follana with her children Manuelitos, made in maguey and glass palate, the most representative being “Niños de la Espina”. Antonio Olave is also a craftsman recognized for his art of gold leaf, manufacturing personifications of children for the Christmas birth.
Monday to Saturday: 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays: 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
The entry is included in the Touristic Ticket (prohibited to be sold separately).