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Museo Oro del Perú

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The "Gold Museum of Peru and Weapons of the World" displays a massive array of metalwork and armaments from Peru and the far corners of the globe, artifacts derived from the private collection of Limean businessman Miguel Mujica Gallo. In the early 2000s, research revealed much of the gold objects to be fakes; the current displays in the Gold Museum, which include many pre-Columbian treasures, are said to be genuine or authentic reproductions. Scandal-tinged though it may be, the museum is still worth a walk-through, not least for the truly impressive range of arms from many different historical eras in the Weapons of the World gallery. We're talking bejeweled swords and exquisite scabbards, medieval Italian pistols and weaponry of notable historical figures, including Simon Bolivar and Fidel Castro.

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