The Museum of Art of Lima or MALI as it is known is one of the main museums of Peru, located on the Paseo Colon, in front of the Italian Art Museum.
It was built between 1870 and 1871 during the government of José Balta. It is a precursor building in Latin America, it is one of the earliest and most important works made with the new construction technique in iron. Designed in the neo-Renaissance style, its design and construction are due to the Italian architect Antonio Leonardi. The manufacture of the columns, made in iron and imported from Europe, is attributed to the Eiffel house.
Surrounded by statues, gardens and a zoo, the Palace was the heart of one of the most important urban projects of the last century, following the example of European universal exhibitions.
At present, it is part of one of the most dynamic and busy areas of the city, where a large and heterogeneous public converges. Due to its importance, the Palace was declared by the National Institute of Culture - INC, historical monument and Cultural Patrimony of the Nation in 1973.
The permanent collection of the museum offers a journey from pre-Columbian art to the present time, covering approximately 3,000 years of art in Peruvian territory. It is divided into nine rooms.
Pre-Columbian art room
Colony art room
Republican art room - 19th century
Costumbrista art room
Room XX century
Contemporary art room