Tombs of Sipan museum in northern Peru sees 1.75 million visitors


The Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum in Lambayeque has proven to be a favorite among cultural tourists. Since it opened to the public on November 8, 2002, the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum in northern Peru has attracted nearly 1.75 million visitors from home and abroad.

The museum, located in the Lambayeque region of northern Peru, receives an average of 160,000 visitors per year and about 450 per day.

Museum director and noted archaeologist Walter Alva said this a record attendance mark for any museum in Peru and South America, adding that 95 percent of visitors in the first year were Peruvians.

It [the museum]has become a sanctuary of our regional and national identity. The wide dissemination of the Sipan findings in Peru and the world and its architectural quality have made it the most visited museum in the country,’ he said.

Authorities in Lambayeque have organized a number of activities to mark the museum’s 11th anniversary, including folkloric dancing, parades, a handicraft fair, a Paso Horse exhibition and concerts.

The Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum exhibits the most important archaeological remains of the Mochica Culture, in an exceptional display that combines maximum scientific accuracy, security and enjoyment to show the jewels, emblems and ornaments found in 1987 in the tomb of a Mochica government leader called the Lord of Sipan