While Peru’s National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History is not nearly as impressive as Lima’s other museum with vast displays of pre-Columbian artifacts, the Museo Larco, there are some excellent pieces here. As a whole, this institution serves as a good primer for those who really want to dig into Peruvian history. Set partly in the 19th-century Quinta de los Libertadores mansion, where independence heroes José San Martín and Simón Bolívar once lived, the museum traces Peruvian civilization from prehistoric times to the colonial and republican periods. Entire rooms are dedicated to the Nazca, Paracas, Moche, and Chimú cultures. Be on the lookout for a replica of the great granite Tello Obelisk. The original was found at Chavín de Huantar near Huaraz in 1919 and kept in Lima until recently, and is one of the most complex stone carvings of its time. There are several interesting mummies wrapped in burial blankets, as well as some nicely preserved textiles. Most descriptions are in Spanish. Allow about 1 hr. for your visit. From the museum, you can follow a walking path along a painted blue line to the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum. It’s about a mile away, or 20 minutes straight into traffic on Antonio de Sucre, and most travelers pair visits together.