Museo Regional de Ica
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Museo Regional de Ica information
In the suburban neighborhood of San Isidro, Ica pulls out its trump card: a museum befitting of a city three times the size. While it might not be the British Museum in terms of layout and design, this understated gem catalogues the two key pre-Inca civilizations on Peru’s southern coast, namely the Paracas and Nazca cultures, the former famed for its intricate textiles and the latter for its instantly recognizable ceramics. Any attempt to understand the region’s ancient history should begin here where a whole gamut of locally excavated artifacts is on display.
Unfortunately, the museum’s famous riches have attracted malign as well as benign interest. In 2004, the building was robbed, with thieves making off with three priceless textiles. As of 2012 only one of these has been found. ‘Wanted’ posters and blurry photos sit where the other two once hung.
The museum is 2.5km southwest of the city center. Take a taxi from the Plaza de Armas (S3). You could walk, but it’s usually not safe to do so alone, and even larger groups may get hassled.