Interpretive Planning • Exhibit Design   

"Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas is remarkable not just for its careful exploration of the famed archaeological site high in the Peruvian Andes, but also for demonstrating an almost devotional care to exhuming a lost past."

- Edward Rothstein,  Arts/Cultural Desk at the New York Times

Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery

Client: Peabody Museum at Yale

Budget: $750,000 

The stunning collection of artifacts, obtained from Machu Picchu and housed in the archive at the Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History for 100 years, had never been seen by the general public. This collection and the many photographs taken by Hiram Bingham, the Yale archaeologist responsible for the expedition to Machu Picchu in 1912, formed the core material for a new traveling exhibit about Machu Picchu. The goals of the exhibition’s curators were to create an exhibit that placed these artifacts in their appropriate context, and explained the new hypothesis about Machu Picchu’s existence as a royal retreat for the Inca emperor. The exhibit traveled to seven major museums across the country, finishing its tour in Cusco, Peru, where it was permanently installed.

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