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What Makes the Pedro de Osma Museum So Special?

Posted by Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel on Feb 22, 2020 7:00:00 AM

What Makes the Pedro de Osma Museum So Special

Besides the many architectural wonders of the 19th-century colonial era, the Barranco District in Lima offers the magnificent building that houses the Pedro de Osma Museum, or Museo Pedro de Osma.

It’s one of the must-see attractions of this picturesque, Bohemian district, and one of the main attractions of the entire city of Lima as well. 

Let’s take a look at what makes this museum so special and why you definitely need to visit it:


BARRANCO HERMITBarranco Hermit, close by the Museum

What Makes Museo Pedro de Osma so Magnificent?

The entire museum is dedicated to showcasing the colonial era art of Peru. Even the building where the museum is housed is one of the most striking examples of colonial-era architectural style. The building is almost entirely white and displays a level of intricate details one doesn't often see.

The collection in the museum is substantial. You can find colonial-era paintings, sculptures, furniture, silverware, and even carvings of Huamanga stone inside. They all date from the early 17th to the late 19th century. The entire collection was acquired over a great length of time, and it is sufficiently large for you to have to spend around two hours or more seeing it all in enough detail.

Most of the art you will find in the museum is religious in nature, and most of it comes from the very district where the museum is located. The art mainly comes from the Cusco School that educated a whole generation of mestizo sons who lived and worked in the former capital of the Inca Empire. The paintings were important in that period as they played a significant role in the Catholic Church's task to convert the natives, who could appreciate pictures but were not able to read. 

The silverware, on the other hand, was mostly made from the large deposits of silver the Spanish found after the conquest of the Incas. 

The History of the Museum

The museum was created out of a private collection from a notable philanthropist of Peru, Pedro de Osma Gildemeister. He collected the pieces you get to see today for most of his life, all the way to his death in 1967. This entire private collection, Pedro de Osma has arranged in his own home and used to showcase it to his guests and other visitors. Today, the house is the museum, and the collection has remained the same as it was during his life.

After his death, the Pedro and Angelica de Osma Gildemeister Foundation strove to preserve the house and Pedro’s collection. They also wanted to showcase everything to the public, so with some work and a little bit of delay, the Pedro de Osma Museum opened its doors to the people of the world in 1988. 

From then, until today, the museum has worked hard to expand its extensive collection. Now, it has a lot of pre-Columbian art as well and a small gallery dedicated entirely to the history of the Incas

If you are looking to visit the museum and the capital of Peru, We have a wide variety of tours, some of which are bound to appeal to your unique tastes. 

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Carmen Maria Guevara Protzel

Topics: Lima, Local Traditions and Culture, local culture

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