In a beautiful white house in Barranco is the Pedro de Osma Museum, a historical museum of viceregal art founded in 1987.
This mansion built in French style in 1906 was the summer home of Pedro De Osma’s parents. After the death of his parents, the brothers Pedro and Angelica De Osma acquired this property. In 1967 Don Pedro died and it was Angelica who inherited the property that today is managed, like the museum, by a foundation that bears the name of both brothers.
After more than one hundred years of history, the house that today houses the Pedro de Osma Museum continues to be the most imposing building in the Barranco district. Built in 1906 by Pedro de Osma y Pardo, an eminent lawyer and politician, as his family’s summer home. Its design was commissioned by the prestigious architect Santiago Basurco. It stands out for its French style, its art nouveau stained glass windows, its metal ceilings and its crystal chandeliers, as well as its surroundings of beautiful gardens.
The collection that Don Pedro de Osma built allowed us to revalue viceregal art and rescue pieces that, otherwise, would most likely have been lost. His generosity in sharing his collection with anyone who might be interested was proverbial. Don Pedro received groups of guests, to whom he offered a guided tour to appreciate the artistic heritage gathered in the Barranquilla residence.
After the death of Don Pedro, his cousin, Felipe de Osma y Porras, assumed the role as first president of the foundations that were created in the name of Pedro and Angélica, which would later be united into one, the Pedro and Angélica Foundation. Osma Gildemeister. The work of this non-profit entity had a cultural and social perspective, on the one hand the promotion of cultural dissemination and preservation of the works of art of the Pedro de Osma Museum and on the other hand, the support for social works for people in situations of abandonment and vulnerability.
The sons of Felipe de Osma y Porras, Fernando and Felipe de Osma Elías continued his work. As president of the foundation, the former hired colonial art historian Francisco Stastny to classify the collection and organize a team to be in charge of its restoration. At the same time, the work of restoring the pieces of the collection continued. Thus, a complete restoration workshop was formed whose prestige has led its specialists to receive important commissions from other institutions, such as the processional image of the Lord of Miracles, the Archer of Death by Baltazar Gavilán or the Immaculate Conception by Angelino Medoro, among others. others.
Currently, the president in charge of the Foundation is Felipe de Osma Berckemeyer.
After years of hard work, in July 1988, the Museum began to receive visits by reservation. On June 1, 1996, the museum opened its doors to the general public. A few years later (2004) the Silver Room was inaugurated, conceived from the heritage of Pedro de Osma and the loan of two private collections, the collection of the Azzariti Foundation and the numismatic collection of Guillermo Wiese de Osma.
In 2009, the museography of the first and second pavilions was renewed under the curatorship of Jaime Mariazza and Ricardo Estabridis. Finally, in 2017, the temporary exhibition room was transformed into the South Andean Art room, as an example of the artistic and cultural continuity of this region, with pieces from the Tiahuanaco, Inca and viceregal period cultures coming from an important Cusco collection. In this room, several of the most outstanding works of viceregal art from the Osma collection are exhibited, in which the Inca presence is evident.
Visiting the Pedro de Osma Museum is taking a trip to colonial Lima thanks to the collection of artistic objects from the 16th, 17th and 17th centuries.
In its spacious rooms with wooden floors there are many religious paintings, especially of musket angels and archangels, which are traditional elements of Peruvian art from the viceregal era.
Furniture such as cabinets and consoles, silver items such as utensils and weapons, sculptures and also pieces made of stone are part of the museum’s collection.
The rooms are very well lit thanks to the imposing lamps that hang from the museum’s decorated ceilings, and its large windows, several of them with beautiful stained glass.
Some sculptures are placed outside the house, making a contrast with the palm trees and colorful plants in the museum’s exterior gardens.
General admission price: 20 soles.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Guided tours are also offered (included in the cost of admission) that start at the following times:
Avenida Pedro de Osma 421, Barranco, Lima 04, Peru.
If you are staying in the Barranco district, the museum can be reached on foot.
We also recommend using a taxi service to get to the museum. The journey from Miraflores or San Isidro can take just 10 minutes.
Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.