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Arequipa & Colca Canyon Museums

Not surprisingly, seeing the history of this city, the city also houses a number of good and fascinating museums. The most famous is the Museo Santuarios Andinos, home to the famous mummy of Juanita.

Museo Santuarios Andinos

The 'Ice Princess' of Juanita is displayed at the Museo Santuarios Andinos within a frozen glass container, is displaced here when not abroad, while almost 20 other mummies are also housed here, mostly from Peru, some from Chile and even Argentina. Multilingual guided tours are available, taking visitors around the woodcarvings, gold works and textiles.

Museo Regional Historico Etnologico Municipal (Municipal History Museum of Arequipa)

Sited within a somewhat neglected colonial building and standing close to the San Francisco Church, the Museo Regional Historico Etnologico Municipal is brimming with historical paintings, maps, documents and other artifacts. Particularly fascinating are the somewhat satirical caricatures, which were created by local Peruvian artists Jorge Vinatea Reynoso (1900 to 1931) and depict important Peruvian individuals from the 19th century.

Museo de Arqueologico de Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria

Managed by the city's university, in the Museo de Arqueologico de Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria is where you will find a series of interesting displays relating to local archaeological excavations. Students can guide you around the exhibits, which include a rather impressive collection of ancient ceramics, which remain very well preserved.

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