The Famous Museums of Chiclayo

[:en]Chiclayo is the capital city of the Lambayeque region, located in northern Peru 13 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast. Founded by Spanish explorers as “Santa María de los Valles de Chiclayo” in the 16th century, it is now known as ‘The Heroic City’, ‘The Pearl of the North’ or most commonly ‘The Capital of Friendship’. This city has a lot of famous and well-known museums related to ancient cultures that evolved from this area. Discover below a little bit more about the most popular museums you can visit in Chiclayo.


Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan (Museo Tumbas Reales Del Señor de Sipán)

This is one of most famous historical museums in Peru, exhibiting very important archaeological remains of the Mochica Culture. It was built exclusively to showcase the tomb, jewels and ornaments of the Lord of Sipan, the first found ruler of ancient Peru in 1987. In the museum there are more than two thousand archeological pieces made of gold, as well as ceramics and grave artefacts. The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan was opened in 2002 and its design was inspired by the ancient pyramids of the Moche culture. It has three floors and a large seventy-four-meter ramp leading to the entrance of the ancient Moche temples.


Brüning Archeological Museum (Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning)

This museum was opened in 1966 to house the collection of German-born archaeologist and ethnographer Hans Heinrich Brüning Brookstedt (1848-1928). Brüning, who worked with the department of Lambayeque for fifty years, left some most incredibly important contributions during his explorations, investigations and recordings of the ancient Peruvian cultures and past civilizations.

This museum has four floors where 1400 archeological pieces from different cultures, including Sicán, Moche, Chavín, Vicus and even Inca can be seen.


Sican National Museum (Museo Nacional Sicán)

This museum is situated in the city of Ferreñafe just twenty kilometers north of Chiclayo. Sican National Museum is the home to hundreds of objects discovered by the Japanese Archeologist Izumi Shimada, director of the Sican Archeological Project (1978), for more than twenty years. The museum opened in 2001, thanks to Japanese economic and scientific support. Dedicated mainly to the Lambayeque or Sican culture this exhibition demonstrates how many objects were fabricated and used. In particular, artifacts found for their metallurgic art such as gold funeral masks and ceremonial knives, known as tumis. Another important attraction is the exhibition of the Lord of Sican royal tombs. The Sican National Museum also offers information about Sican economical activities, burial patterns and world view.



If you would like to visit these museums in Chiclayo or discover another Peruvian Cultural Tour, Explorandes has the best adventures for you. Please contact us to find out how we can help you best![:es]

Chiclayo no solo es la capital del departamento de Lambayeque, también es llamada la “Capital de la amistad” y puede ser considerada capital de los museos ¿Por qué no? Esta ciudad cuenta con famosos y reconocidos museos relacionados con las antiguas culturas que se asentaron en esas tierras, como la Moche o Sicán. A continuación, conoce los museos más populares que puedes visitar al llegar a Chiclayo.

1. Museo Tumbas Reales Del Señor de Sipán

Este es uno de los museos arqueológicos más famosos del Perú. El objetivo principal de este museo es dar a conocer al Señor de Sipán, el único gobernante del antiguo Perú encontrado hasta 1987. En el lugar se pueden apreciar más de dos mil piezas de oro, así como cerámicas y ajuares funerarios.

El Museo Tumbas Reales del Señor de Sipán fue inaugurado en el 2002 y su diseño se inspiró en las antiguas pirámides truncas de la cultura Moche. Consta de tres pisos y se accede a él a través de una rampa de setenta y cuatro metros de largo, al igual como se hacía en los antiguos templos moches.


2. Museo Arqueológico Nacional Brüning

Este museo fue inaugurado en 1966 como fruto de los importantes aportes legados por el peruanista Enrique Brüning, quien dedicó cincuenta años de su vida a investigar las culturas lambayecanas. El edificio cuenta con cuatro niveles donde se pueden apreciar más de 1400 piezas arqueológicas de diferentesculturas, como la Lambayeque (Sicán), Moche, Chavín, Vicús e incluso Inca.


3. Museo Nacional Sicán

Este museo fue inaugurado en el 2001 gracias al aporte financiero y científico de Japón. Está dedicado principalmente a la cultura Lambayeque o Sicán, conocida por su arte metalúrgico donde destacan las máscaras funerarias de oro o los cuchillos ceremoniales o tumis. Otra importante atracción es la exhibición de tumbas reales, como la del Señor de Sicán.

El museo también ofrece información sobre las actividades económicas, patrones funerarios y cosmovisión de esta cultura.


Explorandes ofrece programas para visitar los mejores museos de Chiclayo o tours a Machu Picchu. Si tienes alguna pregunta, no dudes en comunicarte con nosotros.


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Leave a comment

Make an Enquiry

All your doubts and questions will be solved by our team.

Recent News

Peru Travel: Facing the Current Challenges Together
19 March, 2020
Visit the Larco Museum
6 March, 2020
An Insider’s Guide to Miraflores, Lima
28 February, 2020
What to See and Do in Lima’s Bohemian Neighborhood of Barranco
26 February, 2020
Ten Epic Ruins that Aren’t Machu Picchu
17 February, 2020