Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Peru - National Afro-Peruvian Museum

It was established by an initiative of the Congress of the Republic, in the year 2005, and was opened in 2009. It is in charge of collecting, preserving and exhibiting material objects related to the history of the afro Peruvian population, with special emphasis on the process of slavery and their contribution to the cultural heritage of the nation.

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The museum was established by parliamentary initiative and is dependent on the Congress of the Republic (Afro-Peruvian Congressional Committee), and therefore its administration is not under the system of national museums managed by the Ministry of Culture.  

In its nine permanent halls there are the topics of slave trade in Peru and America in general, vestiges of the colonial culture associated to slavery (fetters, stocks), reproductions of outstanding documents (freedom and manumission decrees, as well as some freedom papers); and the afro cultural contribution to the building of the contemporary national heritage. The museum also has a small library hall with some basic bibliography on the topic and other with general information on the Peruvian culture, history and cultural heritage.   

The lack of interest of parliamentary groups for the museum explains the budgetary shortage affecting the institution which does not have adequate virtual resources and that was even closed temporarily for some months after its inauguration.

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Founding Date

4 June 2009


The memory of the African cultural presence in Peru, from the colonial period up to the 20th century.


Jr. Ancash 536, Centro Histórico de Lima (antigua Casa de las Trece Monedas).  

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Person in charge

Augusto Zavala Rojas - Director

Objectives of the institution

To be involved in the strengthening of the identity of the Peruvians of African descent and of all Peruvians in general, and through the use of history and the acknowledgement of our cultural heritage, to struggle against discriminatory practices and other forms of exclusion present in our society.