Cultural Park, Lima Parque de la Cultura (Parque de la Exposicion)
Parque de la Cultura was formerly known as Parque de la Exposicion, which it is still referred to as by the locals. If you are taking a taxi to the park be sure to mention Parque de al Exposicion because most drivers don't seem to know the name Parque de la Cultura and will drive you all over Lima rather than admit they don't know what you are talking about.Built in the 1800s, the park is a beautiful green space with an amphitheatre and Japanese Garden. It is also home to the Museo de Arte. The park is just a short cab ride from the downtown area and a nice place to go to escape the busy streets of Central Lima.
Peruvian Art Museum
The Peruvian Art Museum (Museo de Arte) is located in the Parque de la Cultura, south of Central Lima. The museum is best known for its large variety of Peruvian art. In addition to a huge collection of Peruvian paintings from the 16th Century to current day, there are also displays of colonial furniture, pre-Colombian ceramics, jewels, and colonial dresses. The Peruvian Art Museum hosts temporary exhibits on occasion, which cost extra.Also on site are a cinema and café. From the city center the best option for getting to the Museo de Arte is to catch a cab to Parque de la Cultura.
Italian Art Museum
As the name suggests, the Museo de Arte Italiano (Italian Art Museum) houses a collection of Italian art. Although it may seem strange that Lima would have a museum dedicate to Italian art, the collection was given to Peru by Italy for the Centennial of their Independence. The museum is mostly comprised of 20th century Italian art.The structure which houses the Museo de Arte Italiano is a unique looking neoclassical building. The museum islocated at Parque Neptuno (Neptune Park), in front of Parque de la Exposición, in Paseo de la República 250.