Located in Barranco, Peru, the Pedro de Osma Museum houses Peruvian artwork from a private collection. Some of the artworks date as far back as 5th century A.D. And the ancient Peruvian pieces were discovered in the Southern Andes where the Inca and Tiwanaku cultures once thrived.
The Story of the Pedro de Osma Museum
The collection was created by the philanthropist Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister who had collected artwork from the 16th – 18th centuries. The art pieces included sculptures, paintings, altarpieces, and Huamanga stone carvings. There were even silver pieces, furniture, and other objects from the ancient Andean culture. They were initially displayed all around their mansion, which he had no intention to claim as a museum. Soon Don Pedro started to show his private collection and even took the time to explain the history of the artworks to his guests.
In 1967, Don Pedro de Osma Gildemeister died and left his property to his sister Angelica. However, after the 1974 Lima earthquake, visits to the collection were canceled. By 1980, the House of Osma was declared a National Monument. Restoration of the mansion began in 1981, and by 1987, the home renamed to Pedro de Osma Museum, and the collection reopened to the public. The Museum’s mission is to conserve the heritage of Peru and strengthen its cultural identity.
Pedro de Osma Museum Today
As you visit the museum today, you will see paintings and sculptures spread amongst eight rooms. One of these rooms is the Hall of Angels and Archangels where you will find artwork of arcabuceros angels. Arcabucero angels are a particular type of angel dressed in clothes inspired by soldiers of 17th century Cusco; they are armed with an arquebus or an ancient muzzle-loading firearm.
There is also a Sculpture Room within the museum where you find various religious sculptures. When you enter the Room of Portraits, you will see magnificent portraits of Spanish Kings which were painted by local teachers. The Silver Room houses an impressive silver collection which includes utensils, jewelry, religious instruments, relics, and even weapons.
Explore the rest of the museum, and you will find furniture from the Republican era, textile collections, old books, prints, and ancient coins.
Pedro de Osma Museum Operating Hours
The Pedro de Osma Museum is located at Pedro de Osma Avenue 421, Barranco.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 Hrs - 18:00 Hrs
If you are traveling to Barranco to visit the Pedro de Osma Museum, you may also want to visit the main Catholic temple of Barranco, the Holy Cross. You can also check out their municipal library which also holds antiquities. Also in Barranco are the Mario Testino Museum, Museum of Electricity, Malecón de Los Ingleses, House of Abraham Valdelomar, the Bridge of Sighs.
You can include a visit when you are in Lima.