Regional Historical Museum
house of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
It is located on Heladeros Street, near Plaza Regocijo, a few meters away from Plaza de Armas of Cusco and of easy access walking down the middle street.
The Regional Historical Museum is located in the colonial mansion of the illustrious writer and chronicler from Cuzco Garcilaso de la Vega Chimpuocllo; the building dates from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century and was inhabited by Garcilaso until 1560, when he went to Spain for good. It was built on Inca terraces that formed Cusipata Square. Regarding the building, the type shows an influence of Andalusian civil building, developing from a central courtyard, a gallery of semicircular arches, stone balconies on the east bay and wooden balconies in the rest of the bays on the second level. They intervened with restoration processes after the earthquakes of 1650, 1950 and 1986.
The Regional Historical Museum offers visitors a beautiful collection of archaeological objects from pre-Inca and Inca cultures, as well as a select collection of colonial paintings that shows the success of the artists from Cusco. The collections of cultural pre-Hispanic archaeological assets of the Andean cultural development, cover all periods of Andean civilization: Pre ceramic, Formative or Early Horizon Period (Marcavalle and Chanapata), Middle Horizon (Wari) Late Intermediate (Killke and Lucre) and Late Horizon (Inca).
As for the colonial, republican and contemporary collections, there are works of paintings and sculpture of the so-called Cuzco School, including those of Diego Quispe Tito, Paul Chillitupa and Master of Almudena. There are also notable sculptures, including five reliefs by Italian Jesuit layman Bernardo Bitti Democritus and the sculpture of a "Crucified Christ", which was present at the judgment and dismemberment of Tupac Amaru II in the main square of Cusco.
The opening hours for the Regional Historical Museum are: Monday to Sunday from 08:00a.m.-6:00p.m. (closed on holidays). The entry to the Regional Historical Museum is included in the Touristic Ticket (forbidden to be sold separately).
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