The Brüning Museum, Capturing our Imagination

The Brüning Museum, Capturing our Imagination
March 30, 2012 Lainie Liberti

Visiting the Brüning Museum in Lambayeque, Peru

Peru continues to  fascinate us. Its rich and diverse culture can easily capture the interest of any traveler, Miro and I included. The archaeological remains from the Inca and pre-Inca cultures as well as other pre-Hispanic cultures play a significant role in creating the rich cultural and historical experience in  Peru.

A visit to the Brüning Museum, in Lambayeque Peru is a good way to both get an overview of these cultures and to also examine specific aspects of them in great detail.

The Brüning Museum was founded in 1924, and its collections are continually expanded as there are new discoveries and donations. It is also known as Museo Regional Arqueológico Enrique Brüning de Lambayeque. The Brüning Museum is located in the northern coast of Peru near Chicalayo, not far from the site of the Lambayeque pyramids and the Tomb of Sipan.

Along with Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan located just a 10 minute walk from the Brüning, many consider the collections to be one of Peru’s most significant collections.  However it should be noted, the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipan but does not allow any photographs to be taken of their collection, which is why this photo essay focuses on the Brüning Museum .  Visiting both of these museums during a trip to Lambayeque should be enough to satisfy even the most dedicated museum enthusiast.

Hans Heinrich Brüning Brooksted was a famous Peruvian amateur ethnographer and an archaeologist with German roots, and his work formed a major part of the museum’s exciting collections that are still on display today. There are plenty of ceramic, textile and metal artifacts that originated within such ancient cultures and civilizations as the Mochica (Moche), Lambayeque, Wari and Chimu.

The Gold Room is probably the most significant and impressive section of the Brüning Museum. It displays hundreds of works of art that are made of gold. These artifacts are very carefully and intricately designed and they are a testimony to the great gold crafting skills of the Moche culture. Huaca Rajada was the archaeological site from which some of these gold items were found.

The Brüning Museum is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM and the entrance fee is very reasonable. Getting a good English-speaking guide to accompany you during your visit would probably enhance the quality of your experience, as the amount of written information that is made available is not that great.



  1. Wow what a wonderful museum.  I’d love to swing by here when I visit Peru this fall.  Other than bringing a guide, do you have any other recommendations? 

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