Casa Concha Museum, Cusco

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Add to your Machu Picchu historical experience with a visit to Casa Concha Museum, a museum dedicated to relics and artifacts from the Inca period. The museum had a shipment of Inca artifacts delivered from Yale University in 2012, the conclusion to a longstanding battle between Cusco and Yale. Upon his discovery of Machu Picchu in 1911, Hiram Bingham-- an archaeologist and lecturer at Yale--excavated around 4,000 artifacts and relics and took them to Yale University. The pieces, which include pottery, weaponry, and tools, are acompanied by several videos and original photographs from Bingham’s expedition. Each room includes explanations in English. Make Casa Concha Museum a centerpiece of your Cusco vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Cusco trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is one of the most recently opened museums in Peru; its opening date to 2011. His main interest is the happy combination of building container which houses the Museum and the pre-eminent value of the museum itself. The "Casa Concha, located very centrally located, a few metres from the Plaza de Armas and adjacent to the convent of Santa Catalina, is one of the most illustrious houses for survivors of Cusco's colonial past. Built in the sixteenth century on the Foundation of one of Inca palaces that belonged to Tupac Inca Yupanqui (Pachacuti's successor, who is initiator of the golden age of the Inca Empire), has been beautifully restored for the occasion, adding new luster to the Center town of Cusco. The House could then host the "Machu Picchu", installation for the material it contains and for effective and striking mode with which the material is presented. The ruins of the Inca Citadel are hosted here after being handed over by the US Government to that Peruvian, despite being transported legally in the U.S. at the time of discovery. The delivery was so motivated by considerations of a not legal but political (the promotion of good relations between the two countries) and the installation was inaugurated on the centenary of the discovery of the Citadel by Hiram BIngham. Bingham was a professor at Yale University and the University were in view the exhibits up to return to Peru. These are the findings of this only Inca site and then collections may not be on par with those of the two major archaeological museums in Lima, the National Archaeological Museum and the Larco Museum, collecting objects from around the Peru and all or most of the civilisation that there you are succeddute (and that too often are unknown to most people, except that of the Incas and perhaps, because of the "lines", that of Nasca). But as for Machu Picchu collections are exhaustive. Outstanding are also some archaeological pieces not properly, as the great model of Machu Picchu, whose various parts are lit following a commentary in English and Spanish, which explains the function of each. And then the photographic documentation of discovery, which allows you to understand how, surrounded by tropical foliage and perched on its plateau, Machu Picchu could remain unknown for nearly four centuries. We visited the Museum after going to Machu Picchu and, despite many guidebooks say the opposite, we think it is good that the succession is this: before the site and then his deepening Museum. The Museum will be better appreciated and understood.
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  • very informative and see before you go to Macchu Picchu. You will understand how Macchu Picchu was discovered, which was found, in short an indispensable step before climbing on the sacred mountain
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  • It is a beautiful collection and museography tries to be nice to the visitor, but needs some mediation more friendly than security personnel.
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