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Naval Museum of Peru

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The national hero Miguel Grau Seminario and his family lived in this house for around 12 years. Here we can find objects related to the life of such an important character in a tour set according to his time. In addition, you can enjoy the house that dates back to the 18th century with its beautiful wooden balconies, so characteristic of the Lima of yesteryear. 

As expected, the museum also narrates the most important moments of the naval battles that took place during the Chilean War against Peru and Bolivia.

Historical review of the beginning of the naval museum of Peru 

On October 8, 1957, an exhibition of naval objects and Navy memorabilia organized by the Minister of the Navy, Rear Admiral Emilio Barrón, was held at the Naval Center of Peru, then chaired by Rear Admiral Guillermo Tirado Lamb. This was an effective preamble to the events of the year 1958.

A year later, on March 21, 1958, the naval cadets: Oscar Rizo Patrón Belgrano, Fernando Grau Umlauff, Percy Pérez Barlabás, Carlos Guzmán Lanfranco, Alfredo Ibárcena Morán and Fernando Jiménez Román brought a relic of Grand Admiral Grau from Santiago de Chile and belongings of the hero, delivered in that capital by President Carlos Ibáñez del Campo to the Director of the Naval School Rear Admiral Florencio Teixeira Vela, which remained in the custody of the aforementioned Alma Mater in the library precinct, later they would go to the Naval Museum From Peru. 

Naval Captain Julio José Elías Murguía was the most important promoter in the genesis of the Naval Museum of Peru, which began effective activities on July 8, 1962, being its first director Commander Elías, who held the position until his death ten years later. 

Supreme Resolution number 31 of November 13, 1958 formalizes the presence of the Naval Museum in the Institution, for which the Naval Museum has gradually expanded its facilities by receiving rooms transferred from the Naval Center of Callao, in what was the old headquarters of the Captaincy of the Naval Port, likewise the area of the old Mail and Telegraph of Callao was incorporated, these contributions have allowed this vector of the national culture to cover a greater number of services in demand of the school and university population of Callao and Lima, also receiving visitors from other parts of the country and abroad. 

Naval museum of Peru today 

The Naval Museum of Peru has 10 exhibition rooms where we can appreciate vestiges of our pre-Hispanic navigation, figureheads from the 18th century, muzzle-loading naval artillery pieces, as well as an important collection belonging to the stage of the Guano War and saltpeter, highlighting its main figure, Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario. 

It should be noted that since last year the museographic script has been restructured by its director, the historian Rear Admiral Francisco Yábar Acuña, having inaugurated the Peruvian Navy 1821-1866 room, which explains the origins of our Peruvian Navy from navigation to propulsion to sail and steam with propeller. Another room of relevant importance is the Navy room of the South Sea, a Peruvian Navy, in which the deck of a ship has been represented, exhibiting in it the bronze cannon of the San Martín ship, which participated in the Liberating Expedition of 1821. 

Currently, we have on display the exhibition “El Combate del 2 de Mayo” Duration: from May 2 to July of this year. 

In the Naval Museum of Peru, naval history is shown in archaeological testimonies, portraits, paintings, sculptures, weapons and scale models, all of which constitute the heritage of the Navy that is guarded by the Naval Museum, which has been opening its doors since 1958. doors to visitors and that currently allows to know the following rooms: Artillery and Muzzleloader Room, Maritime Domain Room: Mar de Grau, Pre-Hispanic Room, Navy Room of the South Sea: A Peruvian Navy, Peruvian Navy Room 1821 –1866, Republican Room from 1876-1900, Naval Forces Room, Antarctica and Altiplano Room and Amazon Room, taking into account that we have a Temporary Exhibition Room that shows different exhibitions throughout the year.


Peruvian coastal room

A room where we can find the environment

Prehispanic Room

Boats from the coast, mountains and jungle through ancient Peru to modernity. In the museum you will also find a great 19th century clock that witnessed the remains of Miguel Grau to our nation.

Antarctica room

It shows an impressive sample of the collection that Peru has had in the development of the study of Antarctica for humanity for scientific research. 

Naval Forces Room

Here are all the ships and marine forces that Peru has had

Guano and Saltpetre Room

Here we can find important relics of the heroes of the War of the Pacific, such as Miguel Grau and others, in addition to the canvases of the Angamos battle made by Teófilo Castillo, which recalls this fact of war. 

A war that reminds us that today the Huáscar appears as a trophy of War in Chile. 

Republic Room

It is dedicated to the year 1866 especially, where information is found on the first war wagon to arrive in South America as the Rímac Sala del Virreinato. 

It is the memory of the tradition in the present antiquity of the boats and the coffered ceiling that they used.

Weapons room

Room with a revolver, pistols and other tools and weapons of war that were used in the same periods of the independence of Peru and the War of the Pacific.

Grau Crypt

In the Naval school there is the crypt of Admiral Grau since the 70s, this is a place of recollection here part of the right leg of Miguel Grau Seminario was moved, this environment is protected by some cadets 24 hours a day without stopping . Where you can also find a monument to the Peruvian of the millennium and a campfire that flames and reminds us of the existence of this glorious character.


Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Reservation and Information: 209 9300 annex 6794 | Facebook:@MuseosNavalesPeru


Adults S/. 3.00 / Older Adult S/. 1.50 / Children or students S/. 2.00 


Jorge Chavez Avenue 123 | E-mail: dirintemar.museonavaldelperu@marina.pe / museonavaldelperu@gmail.com 

Note: The schedules, entrance fees and other information presented below may change at any time and without prior notice, since it depends on the museum’s administration. If you find any difference, we would appreciate if you let us know so we can correct it.

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