C/ Pedro La Rosa, s/n
Phone: 0051 1477 0102

Museo Huaca Malena

The Museo Huaca Malena was inaugurated on the 24th June 2001. It includes an exhibition room and display cabinets designed by Brunella Scavia, Luis Repetto and Rodolfo Vera from the ICOM in Peru.

The museum’s exhibition is designed to show findings from the Huaca Malena burial site and the most outstanding fabrics recovered through the “Adopt a Fabric” programme.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (16)

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Permanent Collection

During the time of the Wari Empire, fabrics played an important role in the spreading of political and religious ideas. This collection includes fine wool and cotton fabrics bearing iconographies related to Tiahuanaco with strong Wari ingredients. There are mainly shirts decorated in vertical bands with successive panels of repeated scenes with a person in profile carrying a walking stick. The colours most frequently used are beige, red, sky blue, pink, black and white.

Huaca Malena was the site of a number of findings of Wari tapestries indicating the importance of the people buried here. The 4,000 fabrics uncovered here are exceptional.

Completing the collection are hundreds of human bones, fabrics, fragments of ceramics and different materials from the thousands of tombs discovered and unfortunately destroyed on the site.

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Saturdays 09:00 to 15:00

Getting there

C/ Pedro La Rosa, s/n
Capilla de Asia

Tel: (+51) 1477 0102

Huaca Malena is located near Kilómetro 101 of the Panamericana Sur in the Asia valley. Partially surrounded by agricultural fields, the Huaca is situated near the town of Capilla de Asia (Cañete province) some 100km south of Lima.


Guided tours are available both of the museum and Huaca Malena itself. Prior booking is needed on (+51) 9626 2683 /

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The museum organises a series of activities designed to promote knowledge, respect and preservation of the archaeological patrimony among students. The following workshops are available as part of these activities:

Ecology Workshop
Includes a study of pre-Hispanic plants and the area’s resources

Anatomy Workshop
Includes knowledge and identification of bones, age identification (adult, young or old), sex, pathology and cranial deformations

Archaeological Excavations Workshop
Learning about the archaeologist’s work helps the student learn more about the history of pre-Hispanic Peru

Textiles Workshop
Recognition of pre-Hispanic textile techniques, registry, cleaning and labelling of textiles

Geography Workshop
Recognition of the valley, use of aerial photographs and description of the countryside