After visiting the Sacred Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, visitors will find themselves again in Aguas Calientes, unaware that not far from there is the Museum of the Site of Machu Picchu, which contains an impressive display of the most important archaeological findings made in the area.
Museum of the Site of Machu Picchu
Today the refurbished “Museo del Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón” welcomes its visitors, be they local, domestic or foreign. Inside you will find in each of the rooms the archaeological collections; a result of the archaeological research undertaken throughout the years within the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The Museum of the Site of Machu Picchu takes us back in history through the 60’s and 70’s, when the ceaseless work of Dr. Manuel Chávez Ballón and his passion for archaeology drove him to inaugurate the museum, with the permanent exhibition of Pre-Incan and Incan archaeology, cultural material taken straight from the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
An impressive display that has been developed together with the museum guide, designed to show us diverse moments and historical archaeological events that took place in the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The highlights of this exhibition are the graphic panels and drawings, created by Dr. Manuel Chávez Ballón.
What to see in the Museum of Machu Picchu
The Museum of Machu Picchu is organized in 8 sequences. In them you can see the beauty and relevance of the artifacts found in the Machu Picchu excavations, as well as the tools used for construction (made out of copper and bronze). The exhibition fully depicts the metallurgical experience in the Incan city.
The exhibit at the museum can be seen in a practical and dynamic way, divided among computer graphics, maps, videos and most importantly, archaeological findings such as ceramics, lytics, metals and others.
Inside the Museum of Machu Picchu we can find some multimedia screens that will guide us through our visit. These screens project to the world, with a means to sustaining the Incan life in Machu Picchu, the relevance of this strategic administrative center located between the Amazons and the Andes. The multimedia elements of the Museum of Machu Picchu display information, pictures and videos organized to offer the visitor a complete image of how relevant Machu Picchu is as a World Cultural Heritage site.
The visit to the Museum of Machu Picchu is also complemented with a visit to the Botanical Garden, where nature is integrated in a spontaneous and dynamic manner. It’s a relaxing walk where you can enjoy the birds singing and the sound that the Urubamba River makes on its way through. This walk truly delights our senses with the fragrance of the abundant vegetation, and we can enjoy the sight of colorful flowers of diverse shape and size.
Museum of Machu Picchu Facts
- Opening Hours: Daily – except Sunday from 10 am. to 4 pm.
- Prices: S/. 22.00 (Peruvian Soles) / Children under 12 years free.
- Location: 1.7 km from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).