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Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

We know there’s so much to think about while planning the perfect trip to Peru. Our country is so diverse that you must know that there are countless attractions for all ages, but if you love history as much as we do, then you’d be glad to know about this authentic destination in northern Peru.

Many ancient civilizations settled in the beautiful coast of Peru, one of them was a powerful kingdom that arose between 150 and 700 A.D. called Moche culture. They left a deeply-rooted legacy in these lands that continue to evolve overtime, influencing many other societies such as the Chimu and Inca cultures.

The Moche people were pioneers when it came to agriculture, hydraulic engineering, architecture and metallurgy, as it is seen in the Huacas del Sol and Huaca de la Luna in Trujillo and Huaca Rajada in Chiclayo.

The Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum looks to exhibit a glimpse at what life and culture could’ve been like during Moche times since many intriguing discoveries were made in the nearby archaeological remains.

The site museum offers a total immersion in the vision and artwork of this renowned culture, an experience that you can’t miss if you’re visiting the north of Peru. Continue reading and learn everything about this unique travel destination.

About the Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum

The museum was born out of the initiative to educate, investigate and spread awareness about the conservation of the Moche cultural heritage. It was inaugurated in 2002 and it’s considered as one of the most upscale museums in the entire continent.

The Royal Tombs of Sipan Museum was built to represent the architectural style of the Moche civilization, depicting a truncated pyramid with a ramp access that takes you all the way to the top of the building in tour to its depths.

The site museum holds an extensive collection of over 2,000 gold pieces and one of the greatest archaeological findings in the Americas, the Tomb of the Lord of Sipan, an iconic Moche ruler that was buried along with 600 jewelry pieces and many other precious objects; discovered by the Peruvian archeologists Walter Alva and Luis Chero Zurita.

This discovery marked a milestone in Peruvian archeology since it revealed the magnificence of the only ruler of ancient Peru ever found until the current date.

What to Expect?

As we mentioned before, the museum offers a total immersion in the ancient culture of the Moche, with a permanent exhibition of archeological findings that allow visitors to experience that era through panels, showcases and projections of the different investigations carried out on the site.

Right at the heart of the museum lies the Royal Mochica Room, where the Lord of Sipan is exhibited with his warrior dress, gold vest and jewelry, along with eight other corpses that seemed to have been his “guardians” for the next life.

This exhibition room also showcases some other Moche characters, such as the Priest and the Old Lord of Sipan, each with their original Moche garments. Also, there are about 35 mannequins that represent the political environment of the Moche culture.

- Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
- Entrance: Already included in the travel package.

How to Get There?

As‌ ‌you‌ ‌already‌ ‌know,‌ Chiclayo is located north of Peru,‌ ‌a‌bout a 4-hour drive from Trujillo.‌ ‌If you’re looking to explore northern Peru, we have structured the best travel itinerary for you, make sure to check it while you’re here.

Luckily for you, we have structured the best tour to this museum so you can experience everything at its fullest. If you’d like to add this attraction to your travel itinerary, make sure to contact our team while you’re here!

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