BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — The Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting the world premiere of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru.
The exhibit features nearly 200 artifacts, which includes one of the most impressive collections of gold to ever tour the world.
The ancient people of Peru left a visual record for their world. A record that includes priceless artifacts, many used mostly in ceremonial rituals, that were preserved for thousands of years.
“Most of which found their final stage, in the burial of leaders, of priests, priestesses, kings, and queens,” said Museo Larco Director and exhibit co-curator Ulla Holmquist.
Visitors will be led through the immersive experience with the sights and sounds of ancient Peru.
“We have tried to make a script, that will allow the people to have an experience. To experience what we in the Andean region… the way people related to their territory, our ancestors, the way they lived and the way they created their world,” Holmquist told CBS12 News. “With this immersive experience, we are going into the Andean world, first presenting how the cosmovision developed.”
Visitors will walk through the displayed artifacts, which tell the story of how the ancient people modeled their world, how they related to the force of nature, animals, and the afterlife.
In a first of its kind, the exhibit features virtual reality that will place visitors in the heart of Machu Picchu – one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The exhibit runs through March 6.