The museum houses 121 pieces including ceramics, fabrics and utensils from the Paracas culture that ranges from the initial periods to the year 200 AD.
The pieces of the museum were recovered by Frederic Engel in the 1950s. The museum was founded in 1964. Due to the earthquake that occurred in 2007, the pieces of the museum’s collection were guarded by the Adolfo Bermúdez Jenkins Regional Museum of Ica.
Due to the severe damage that the museum suffered structurally, it was demolished, and then rebuilt as of 2012.
The new museum was designed by architects Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse. On July 18, 2016 it was reopened.