We'll meet at around 2:00-2:15pm at your hotel or at the agreed-upon meeting point to commence our three-hour tour.
The museum is most know for its vast gold, silver, and precious stone collection highlighting the artistry from a variety of pre-Columbian cultures through the centuries, including the Lambayeque, Chimu, Mochica, Nazca, Huari, Vicus, and Inca. Acquired from archeological sites throughout the country, mainly from grave-robbers, the priceless pieces rarely leave Peru. Although gold did not serve then as a means of exchange nor a function or wealth, it did adorn temples and cover mummies.
Some of the pieces you'll see, all of which impress for their beauty and quality, include jewelry, ceremonial knives, funerary masks, scepters, clocks covered in gold and precious stones, and figurines; there are crowns of the Chancay with high plumes, funerary masks of Ica and ChimÃƒÂº with dangling precious stones for eyes, masks with open mouths, ornate wristbands and shinguards of the mysterious Nazca. There are even guilded ritual litters for carrying rulers. Most of the pieces are covered with animal designs and other symbols and scenes which will give you precious insight into these varied cultures.
Our visit to the Gold of Peru Museum will take us through both their unrivaled Gold Collection and the impressive Weapons of the World exhibit. During many trips the same gentleman who amassed the Gold Collection collected more than 20,000 weapon pieces from different times and places all over the world; creating one of the most notable private collections in the world that cannot help but inspire admiration.