Just a few blocks from Atemporal, this small private museum houses one of the greatest collections of pre-Colombian Andean textiles.
Recently remodeled, the museum is a must for any visitor to Lima interested in Peru’s rich pre-Inca civilizations.
Recently reopened after a complete remodeling, the Museo Amano, just a few blocks from Atemporal, offers a fascinating glimpse into the Andes’ rich pre-Colombian textile tradition. When marauding Spaniards first arrived on the Pacific coast of South America in the 15th Century, they were not just struck by the gold ornaments of the local people — which whet their appetite for the search for even greater treasures — but also some of the finest textiles elaborated anywhere on earth, using a range of materials from cotton to alpaca wool, and vibrant natural dyes. Indeed this remote area, previously cut off from the rest of the world, was as culturally rich and diverse as the ancient Mediterranean, and textiles were one of its peoples’ greatest achievements.
Today, the Museo Amano showcases numerous spectacular, and extremely delicate surviving textiles, from coastal and mountain cultures of the area today known as Peru, including Chavin, Paracas, Nasca, Mochica, Huari, Lambayeque, Chimu, Chancay, and, of course, Inca. They were painstakingly collected over decades by the Japanese immigrant and explorer Yoshitaro Amano. The first Japanese citizen to have visited Machu Picchu, back in the 1920s, Amano immigrated to Peru during the Second World War. Here, his fishing business was successful enough that it allowed him to indulge his true passion; travelling across Peru in search of ancient artefacts, above all textiles, including in some cases rescuing them from tomb-raiders, a lucrative practice in Peru that dates back to the colonial era.
By 1961, Amano had accumulated enough that he began construction of the Amano Museum, which was a mainstay of Lima’s cultural circuit until 2010, some three decades after’ Amano’s passing. With financial support from the Japanese embassy and several Japanese companies operating in Peru, this small private museum temporarily closed to allow its complete remodeling. It has recently opened, and we thoroughly recommend a visit. Museu Amano is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday but also, by appointment, on Monday.
To visit the Amano Museum as part of your stay with Atemporal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on +51 1 700 5106 or, if you are in the US, 347 713 7030/34.