6 December 2013 to 21 April 2014
National Gallery of Australia
Open 10am-5pm, daily.
Gold and the Incas: Lost worlds of Peru reveals the splendour, drama and beauty of ancient Peru and the famous empire of the Incas.
This remarkable exhibition features more than 220 works of art, drawn from ten public and private collections in Peru, including spectacular gold pieces and scintillating jewellery created thousands of years ago to decorate nobility in life and death.
For more than 3,000 years before the Spanish came to Peru, great cultures rose and fell, were conquered by others or absorbed into them. Almost every artefact that survives was buried with their owners, to be re-discovered in modern times. In the last 100 years there have been extraordinary archaeological finds, many of these included in the exhibition.
There will be plenty of family fun with the popular Yulgilbar Family Activity Room, located within the exhibition. Children and their families will discover the amazing cultures of South America behind the massive jigsaw walls of Machu Picchu. Children can spin and weave alpaca fibre, dress up in feathered masks and ornate costumes, and even crawl through an interactive treasure-filled tunnel.
The Gold and the Incas Family Activity Room is open daily 10.15 am – 4.45 pm, for families and children aged 3 to 12 years old. Exhibition ticket is required for entry. An exhibition trail for children is offered on entry with a children’s audio tour available to purchase for $6 at the National Gallery of Australia.
Take advantage of one of the great Gold and the Incas accommodation packages and be sure to explore the many other things to see and do in the nation’s capital.
For more information about the National Gallery of Australia and what's on, please visit nga.gov.au
Banner image: SICÁN-LAMBAYEQUE culture North coast 750–1375 AD Tumi [Sacrifical knife] (detail) gold, silver, chrysocolla, turquiose, lapis lazuli, spondylus; Museo Oro del Perú, Lima © Photograph Daniel Giannoni, NGA