LIMA – The new Museum of the Pachacamac Archaeological Sanctuary has been inaugurated by Peruvian authorities, who noted the importance of this site located in the Lurin Valley south of Lima.
Prime Minister Pedro Cateriano said that “a museum is the living soul of a nation” and “inspires citizens to gain a full understanding” of their past.
Cateriano said the government of President Ollanta Humala gives great importance to education and culture, and during this term in office, which began in 2011, the Lima Museum of Art was remodeled and the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History was rebuilt.
“This inauguration gives me great satisfaction, because serving citizens is the duty of authority,” he said.
The Culture Ministry said the new museum has been “built according to international standards while respecting its archaeological surroundings,” and offered visitors an exhibition of 277 historical objects.
Most of them are offerings of ceramic, textile, wood or metal placed by pilgrims at the Pachacamac Archaeological Sanctuary, which for almost 1,000 years was known and used by the Lima, Wari, Ichma and Inca cultures.
The new museum at the pre-Columbian Pachacamac site also offers areas for research and group activities, while its laboratories began operations with a donation of 1.4 million yen ($12,295) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency, or JICA.