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THE NUMISMATIC MUSEUM OF PERU

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Jan 12, 2019 9:09:00 AM

 

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Almost anyone who travels wants to know as much as possible about the history and customs of the town or place they are visiting. One of the best ways to get all of that vital information is through a local museum.

In a country with such a vast historical culture as Peru, in its capital city of Lima, there is a place where a visitor can get a flash review of the culture and history of this nation.

On the walls of the NUMISMATIC MUSEUM of the CENTRAL RESERVE BANK OF PERU, you will find exhibits of the coins used in throughout the country at different times. These are part of the permanent museum exhibit.

coins collection

The museum is in a renovated building from the 17th century, which is in the same structure wherein the year 1565, CASA DE LA MONEDA de PERU operated. The institution’s only purpose was to produce the coins necessary to help the free trade and commerce that was evolving in that era. Since then, this institution has been printing and delivering the coins and notes that go back to the Republican period of this nation. The Numismatic Museum itself was created in 2004, where a complete collection of coins and banknotes dates back to the XVI century up to present days.

The exhibition belongs to the Central Reserve Bank Of Peru. Its large iron door and its colonial lanterns placed on each side, as well as its windows, give a majestic and imposing presence to this building. A highlight of this museum is its steel roof.

You can also see the structure in which the employees of the Central Bank of the Reserve of Peru use to work, which was the reason for the construction of this building.

The current Numismatic Museum of Peru occupies this place now, and in the basement of this building, there are collections of coins and commemorative medals, as well as the machines used to manufacture these items. The second and third floors house collections of art and paintings of renowned artists of this country corresponding to the same eras. The sole purpose of the museum is for presenting and preserving the history of the coins and banknotes that were used in Peru from the Republican and previous periods, until present times. It shows the passing from the gold coins to one called a pound of silver, as well as the coin called INTI up to the NEW SOL which is the coin currently used.

This museum also carries out other activities of a highly cultural nature, such as workshops of crafts and painting for children and young people. It also has activities of a visual nature like the cinema CLUB, where films of very excellent quality are shown free of charge.

art with coins

The doors of this museum are open from Monday to Friday from 9 to 4 pm, and the admission is free, guided tours are made to small groups, preferably directed to the schoolchildren of the country. Prior reservations and respective co-ordinations can be made and are also free.

The NUMISMATIC MUSEUM extends its presence to the other branches that the Central Reserve Bank of Peru has in other inner cities of Peru, such as Piura, Trujillo, Huancayo, and Arequipa.

If you are interested in visiting the Museum it can be included in you visit to Lima

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Lima, local culture, museums

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