The Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum opened its doors in 2002. Since then, the museum housing one of the most important archeological finds in the Americas, has received more than 2.8 million visitors, according to Andina. It is thus one of the most popular places to visit in Peru.
This year marked 32 years since the royal tomb was found back in 1987. A team of Peruvian archeologists led the dig, including Walter Alva who is now the museum’s director. The Lord of Sipán refers to the leader of the Mochica during the third century. His tomb was found intact, revealing the gold (as well as other metals) and precious stone adornments that the ruler was buried with.
The museum also displays the remains of other tomb sites that were found in the area, revealing how monarchs and other dignitaries lived and were entombed. Other findings show cultural practice such as sacrifices and political structures of the Mochica culture.
332,814 foreigners have visited the museum this year up to October, from a total number of 2,851,702.
Cover photo: Andina
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