March 27, 2017
Barranco is full of traditions and history, with fine streets and small colonial squares, where one can still sense the Antique spirit of Lima. During the day, Barranco is quiet place, full of romantic sidewalks. The traditional wooden Bridge of Sighs built over a gully in the middle of leafy trees, represents a traditional stroll by old Lima. Walking by its main park, Bajada de Baños or visiting the old library, the museum and the streetcar, these all take us to a nice ride to the past.
It is a romantic and cozy place, cradle of poets, philosophers and thinkers, which gives the city a special difference between the districts of Lima, and gives tourists a spectacular environment. It offers visitors art galleries, museums, daily exposures.
Pedro de Osma Museum, located in a beautiful residence of Osma family, was opened in 1988 and made available to the public the great legacy of Pedro de Osma Gildemeister who acquired numerous works representative of the vice regal art, mostly from Cusco, which are housed in a French-style building from the beginning of the twentieth century. It is renowned for its exceptional collection of Peruvian vice royal art.
Mario Testino Museum (MATE) is a non-profit institution created to contribute to Peru by cultivating and promoting its culture and legacy. It is located in the heart of the Barranco. MATE has written a new chapter in the history of Barranco by restoring a beautiful house from the 19th century, restoring its former splendor and working continuously to fill it again with the color and the conversations of yesteryear.
Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) presents a collection of modern and contemporary art, national and international, dating from 1950 onwards.
Designed by the architect Frederic Cooper, it has a modernist building with three main modules that correspond to the three rooms where the Collection and the temporary exhibitions are arranged, and large windows that give to the water mirror and accentuate the concept of island. An extensive green area of free access for the public complements the MAC spaces.
The terraces, water mirror and gardens are usually operated by artists with sculptures and facilities to delight visitors.