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“A must for northern Peru”

Museo Tumbas Reales del Senor de Sipan
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Lord of Sipán Royal Tombs Museum Tour
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Chiclayo Private Archeological Tour: Huaca Rajada, Tucume and Sipan Royal Tombs
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

This really is a world-class museum. Not only for the quality of the exhibits but also for the context that they give to support your understanding of them and the use of light and space in the building (the pieces are bright and detailed and nothing is crammed too close together). Alongside beautifully restored artifacts there are photographs and diagrams showing the pieces as they were found and precise diorama reproductions of the individual tombs so you can see how the pieces looked when they were first revealed or how they looked when the individual was first entombed.

It's not mandatory to have a guide so you can walk at your own pace to enjoy the museum if you'd rather. About 10% of the supporting text for the exhibits is in English although if you're travelling on a budget you don't really need a guide to understand the rest (30 soles for a English speaking guide) as a lot of the story is self-explanatory and the illustrations, models and dioramas will help a lot.

To get here on public transport from Chiclayo walk to the corner of San Jose and Avenida Angemos, you'll see lots of collectivo companies (and will hear them shouting 'Lambayeque'). It's 1.50 soles to get there and they can drop you off at the end of the road that the museum is on. To return walk back to the same junction you were dropped at and on the opposite side of the road will be waiting collectivos.

4  Thank Internationalgray
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

The surprise of the remarkable discovery of this museum and village made us wonder why Coronado ever bothered heading into New Mexico and Colorado, USA looking for gold. We had an english speaking guide for the museum and spent four hours in awe as she described the artifacts, pottery, golden jewelry, detailed dress, and as she sat down next to the bones of the high priest "her godfather " she said. The exhibits are well organized, educational, and inspirational for any artisan. This museum introduced us to the ongoing work of archeology in the region which would be excellent to further explore. Definitely see this museum if you are in northern Peru.

Thank Lois P
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We had been to Chan Chan and to Sun and Moon Temples near Trujillo so this exhibition meant a great deal to us. Fabulously laid out. Great drama in the unfolding of the story of Lord Sipan. Amazingly lavish exhibits. Adam aged 12 was enthralled. Our guide was enthusiastic.
Great experience and fabulous architecture. Not else nearby by the looks of it. Shop a bit disappointing.

Thank the_finchley_lees
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

S10 entrance. Cameras not allowed. There is a safety deposit room outside at the bottom of the building which stores phones and cameras etc. for free whilst you go in (bring ID as they use this as a security measure to make sure they return the right things to the right people - you also get a ticket).
Really good displays and information. Would definitely recommend going.
We went as part of a tour and it was one of three museums we visited in a day (also went to Brunning and the Huaca Rajada museum). This was definitely the best.

Thank carly f
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

When I think of good museums, I generally think classic or modern art in the Parises,New Yorks, or Romes. But the truth is, walking through this was one of the most enlightening, enjoyable, and impressive museum experiences I've had.

Plain and simple, Senor de Sipan was a baller. This was all about his civilization and how we was honored in death with an incredible tomb. They have a life-sized model of what it looked like, and I'm not going to give anything away, but the guy went out in style. Get an early breakfast at the Chiclayo market, hop on a combi, and see this museum - you won't be disappointed!

3  Thank Nick O
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