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‘Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru’ opens at Boca Raton museum Oct. 16

“Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” debuts at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on Oct. 16, 2021. (Courtesy photo)

BOCA RATON – The world premiere exhibition of “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru” will open Oct. 16 at Boca Raton Museum of Art South Florida. It is the first stop on an international tour featuring 192 priceless Andean objects. After its limited run in Boca Raton, the exhibition will leave the U.S. to embark on an international tour.

Many of the artifacts are from royal tombs, including objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, some of which have never-been-seen before out of Peru. This collection of art of ancient America is on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru.

Frontal adornment of gold headdress depicting feline head with feathers, bird-beaknose, and figure with headdress of plumes and triangular pendants, depiction oftwo animals(monkeys) on the upper part, stepped designs with volutes and two-headed-serpent designs on the lower part. Chimu. Imperial Period (1300AD-1532AD) (Courtesy photo)

“We look forward to introducing South Florida and the world to the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization for what promises to be a memorable exhibition,” Irvin Lippman, executive director of the museum, said in a statement.

The experience will also feature the first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu. Virtual reality motion chairs are fully equipped with premium multi-sensory stimulation features: high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers and 360-degree rotation.

Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for more than 3,000 years through the reign of the Incan Empire. Visitors will see the marvels of engineering that sheltered the civilization and the ornate riches they once cherished. Nestled in a cloud forest, this great Inca Empire’s enduring symbol of architectural prowess is protected by twin sacred mountains and is invisible from below.

The exhibit will be at the museum until March 6, 2022. Tickets start at $19.95. Purchase tickets at bocamuseum.org/golden. A portion of every ticket sold goes to the Inkaterra Asociación, a nonprofit organization that works to help the conservation of the Amazonian forests, and to the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

The museum is located in Mizner Park at 501 Plaza Real. For more information go to bocamuseum.org.

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