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An extension of the renowned Museo Larco in Lima, from where this vast collection is on loan, this museum of pre-Columbian artwork is sophisticated and beautifully designed. The space itself is layered in history. It began as an Inca ceremonial court, which was followed by the Santa Clara convent, and later became the mansion Casa Cabrera of the conquistador Alonso Díaz. Arranged by material— gold, silver, ceramic—the 450 pieces display the rich artistic expressions of Peruvian cultures like the Incas, Moche, Chimú, and Chancay. The pieces date from 1250 B.C. to A.D. 1532. An hour or two will be sufficient to explore the entire site, which also includes a room of Cusqueña School religious paintings. Within the courtyard is an unusual-looking, modern glass box, which is home to the MAP Café, one of Cusco's top restaurants.