Few experiences parallel the majesty of standing at the overlook above Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan citadel soaring 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes of Peru. A virtual reality expedition may come close. The Boca Raton Museum of Art will debut the world premiere of “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru,” an exhibition showcasing 192 ancient Incan artifacts and the largest collection of Andean gold to travel the globe, October 16. The Boca Raton Museum is the first destination outside of the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru, to host these treasures.
To further immerse visitors in the glory of this UNESCO World Heritage site, the exhibition will feature a virtual reality component, filmed during the landmark’s closure in 2020 due to the pandemic. Guided through the virtual expedition by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero, guests will learn about the history of the great civilization in an unprecedented way. The exhibition is on view to March 6.