Santa Catalina Monastery Museum and its collection

Santa Catalina Monastery Museum

The Santa Catalina Monastery, also known as Convento de Santa Catalina, is a religious tourist complex situated in the historic center of Arequipa, Peru. This monastery was founded on September 10, 1579, and is renowned for its natural beauty and welcoming climate. The architecture of the monastery is unique, constructed from sillar, a white volcanic rock from the Chachani volcano, and pink sillar from the Misti volcano, the latter being a symbol of the city. Despite being located in the heart of the city, the monastery is completely isolated, surrounded by a solid 4-meter high wall.

Public Opening

In 1970, a large part of the Santa Catalina Monastery opened its doors to the public. The nuns allowed a private company to manage the monastery, which still houses nuns in the northern part of the complex. This marked a significant shift from the monastery's previous seclusion and added a new chapter to its rich history.

Architectural Evolution

Over the centuries, the Santa Catalina Monastery has undergone various modifications and additions, making it a human-scale display of Arequipa's colonial architecture. The narrow streets and cloisters are filled with colorful flowers, and the walls are painted in fresh tints. The narrow alleys lead to various parts of the convent, passing through picturesque sites and living and sleeping areas with original furniture.

Read more…

ENSanta Catalina Monastery
EN Monastery of Santa Catalina de Siena
ENMonastery of Santa Catalina de Siena, Arequipa
ESMonasterio de Santa Catalina de Siena (Arequipa)

Santa Catalina Monastery Museum
Santa Catalina 301
04001 Arequipa

Visitor information Santa Catalina Monastery Museum

Opening hours

9:00 – 18:00
9:00 – 18:00
9:00 – 18:00
9:00 – 20:30
9:00 – 18:00
9:00 – 18:00
9:00 – 18:00

Closed: Holy Friday, Dec 25th and Jan 1st


AdultsPEN 40.00
Adults ForeignersPEN 45.00
Foreigners (7 to 21 years old)PEN 25.00
Peruvian School ChildrenPEN 6.00
Peruvian Senior CitizensPEN 20.00
Peruvian University StudentsPEN 12.00

PROMOTIONAL DAYS FOR PERUVIANS (On the 10th and last Sunday of the month, Present ID)
Adults: S/ 10.00
School children: S/ 5.00


We don't have information about the facilities of Santa Catalina Monastery Museum.

Location & Map

Santa Catalina 301, Arequipa

Discover all museums in Arequipa


No exhibitions in Santa Catalina Monastery Museum have been found.

Santa Catalina Monastery Museum Reviews

Santa Catalina Monastery Museum has 1 rating.

  • Aggregated rating

    This rating is based on the rating of this museum on several other platforms.

Write a review

Your review helps other people learn about great and less great museums. If you've visited Santa Catalina Monastery Museum, you can write your review below! Please pay attention to our content guidelines before you post your review.

Please log in or create a free account to review Santa Catalina Monastery Museum.