Peru to add 3 museums

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CUSCO, Peru -- Three new museums in Peru will enrich client itineraries.

The Pre-Columbian Art Museum in Cusco has 11 galleries housing 450 pre-Columbian artifacts that date from 1250 B.C. to 1532.

The antiquities were chosen for display from the 45,000-piece collection held in storage in the Larco Museum in Lima.

Located on the Plazuela de las Nazarenas, the museum occupies Casa Cabrera, which has had many incarnations -- from the 16th century mansion of the conqueror Alonso Dias, to a 17th century convent.

The Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipan, in Lambayeque, features artifacts from the gold-filled burial chamber of the Lord of Sipan, king of the Moche, the farmers who lived in and developed the Lambayeque Valley from 100 to 700.

Visitors get a sense of discovery as they enter at the top of the bright-red, pyramid-shaped structure and descend into galleries to encounter the treasures in sequence, as the archaeologists did.

The Museum of Leymebamba, in the town of the same name, displays 219 perfectly preserved mummies found in northern Peru -- including the mummies with painted faces that were discovered standing in cliff-tombs above Laguna de los Condores in 1997.

Other mummies were found in nearby mountain caves.

To contact reporter Carla Hunt, send e-mail to [email protected].

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