Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru Comes to the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru
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World Premiere Exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, Announces Advance Tickets Now On Sale to the Public

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As Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru takes flight for the first time, massive crowds and tourists from around the world are expected during the inaugural stop of its global tour in South Florida this Fall at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Eager fans can finally secure their coveted places in line for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This combination of rarely seen, world-class museum artifacts alongside technological breakthroughs in virtual reality is unparalleled (watch the video announcing tickets on sale). The early access online ticket portal is now open to the public at

Debuting October 16, 2021, audiences will discover an all-new, immersive museum experience that will transport visitors to the jewel of the Southern Hemisphere’s cradle of civilization, the Incan city of Machu Picchu ‒ voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. The exhibition will encompass the entire museum, including all galleries on both floors. This dazzling collection of ancient Peruvian artifacts features the most opulent collection of Andean gold to ever travel the globe. The experience will also feature the first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu, recorded in 2020 during the unprecedented closure of the site during the pandemic. It was the first time in recent history this majestic City in the Sky was completely empty, filmed using state of the art drone-VR technology. These breathtaking virtual reality vistas of the mythical landmark, without any humans present, are a passageway for museum guests on an astonishing journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site (watch a preview video here). The exhibition will start its limited run in South Florida before leaving the U.S. and embarking on a multi-country tour. Ticket prices start at $19.95.  The Boca Raton Museum of Art is perfectly located near the tourism destinations of Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Ear ornament of gold, shell, and stone (turquoise or malachite), depicting eight iguanas. Four of the iguanas are gold and four are turquoise. Mochica. Boom Period (1 AD – 800 AD)

Cityneon presents the exhibition with support from theg overnment of Peru, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, and in partnership with Inkaterra Asociación. Many of these stunning 192 priceless artifacts are from royal tombs, including spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, and have never-been-seen before out of Peru. The collection is on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru. Thousands of patrons have already reserved museum memberships that feature special access for families and additional benefits. Follow #BocaStrikesGold on social media for ongoing announcements about special events. “It is an honor to be chosen as the first museum destination that launches the global tour of Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, and to partner with such esteemed cultural institutions to bring this exhibition to the United States,” said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“We look forward to introducing South Florida and the world to the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization for what promises to be a memorable exhibition.”

Copper funerary mask with applications of shell and stone, depicting an anthropomorphic visage with feline fangs (Ai Apaec). Mochica. Boom Period (1 AD – 800 AD)

Guided throughout the exhibition by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero, visitors will gain a window into transformation through the forces of nature that result in his death and subsequent rebirth. In this exotic land nothing is fixed and beings can change from one form to another. Throughout this dramatically staged expedition, the sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws, and torrential rainfall surround visitors as they unravel the mysteries of Andean cosmology and marvel at the sophistication of Andean artists. “At this once-in-a- lifetime exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with history in a whole new way,” said Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, Ron Tan.  “We are excited to provide the chance for guests to encounter the ancient cultures who lived in this impressive fortress 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

Machu Picchu at sunset when the sunlight makes everything golden-warm.

Nestled in a cloud forest, this great Inca Empire’s enduring symbol of architectural prowess is protected by twin sacred mountains and is invisible from below. Further adding to its unrivaled beauty, the flourishing landscape of Machu Picchu has restored much of the original biodiversity that it enjoyed in Incan times through a recent reforestation initiative.

Visitors will behold the marvels of engineering that sheltered a truly spiritual civilization and the ornate riches they once cherished. Rivaled only by Ancient Egypt in longevity and by the Roman Empire in engineering, Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years straight through the reign of the Incan Empire. Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before. “As we get closer to launching the premiere engagement, our team is truly excited to share this world class production with South Floridians,” stated President of World Heritage Exhibitions, Anthony Tann. “We’ve been working around the clock to bring to the South Florida one of the most awe-inspiring exhibitions to ever tour the world. With a combined 50-years in this business, we’ve never seen a production quite like this. Beyond the stunning collection of Peruvian artifacts courtesy of Museo Larco and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, the team at Virtual Worlds delivered a virtual reality experience that will make you feel as though you are walking through the stone fortress at Machu Picchu.”

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Frontal adornment of 18-karat gold headdress depicting a feline head with half- moon headdress and two birds. The gold is a gold-copper-silver ternary alloy with chemical composition of 78.5% gold, 12.5% copper, and 9% silver. The piece received a final treatment known as depletion gilding. Mochica. Boom Period (1 AD – 800 AD)

About Cityneon Holdings

With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. Cityneon was listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and was privatized on February 2019 by West Knighton Limited, a company wholly owned by Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO, Ron Tan, together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor, Johnson Ko Chun Shun.

Johnson is a capital markets veteran and has held controlling interests and directorships in many listed companies. In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder, who holds approximately 9% shares in Cityneon. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over US$29B of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally. Other institutional shareholders of the Group include EDBI – a Singapore government-linked global investor, and Pavilion Capital – a Singapore-based investment institution which focuses on private equity investments, that made strategic investments to the Group in August and October 2019 respectively. In April 2021, Cityneon welcomed new investors Seatown Holdings International, Qatar’s Doha Venture Capital, which will now own approximately 4% of the Group, and other financial institutions and family offices in Singapore and China, joining the already strong stable of shareholders to support the Group’s further expansion globally. For more information, please visit

Sculptural stirrup spout bottle depicting a hybrid zoomorphic figure (rampant feline / Moon Animal / Dog or Lunar Fox / Andean dragon). The piece contains details achieved by incrusting 148 shell beads (mother-of-pearl, genus Strombus). Many of them are fragmented. The figure’s eye is chrysocolla. This zoomorphic figure is associated with the night sky. Mochica. Boom Period (1 AD – 800 AD)

About World Heritage Exhibitions

World Heritage Exhibitions (WHE) is a worldwide leader in producing, promoting, and designing blockbuster exhibitions. WHE is renowned for producing the finest quality museum content that captivates, educates, and inspires visitors across the globe. With a combined 50-years of exhibition experience, the executive team is responsible for touring many of the world’s most valuable treasures, including objects from King Tutankhamun’s tomb, relics from Cleopatra’s Royal Palace, artifacts from the Titanic, items from the discovery of Pompeii, and more. Their exhibitions have now been enjoyed by over 30 million people, spanning six continents, and their collective expertise has come together in one of the most influential touring exhibition companies on the planet.

Gold and turquoise nose ornament depicting figure with half-moon and club-head headdress, circular ear ornaments and loincloth, holding a rattle. Mochica. Boom Period (1 AD – 800 AD)

About the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Kicking off its eighth decade in 2021, the Boca Raton Museum of Art encompasses a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park and the Art School. As one of South Florida’s cultural landmarks, the Museum has provided cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many visitors from around the world, since it was founded in 1950.

About Museo Larco

Founded in 1926 by Peruvian archaeologist Rafael Larco Hoyle, the Museo Larco invites visitors
to explore more than 5,000 years of Ancient Peruvian history through a fascinating collection of
pre-Columbian art of around 45,000 objects. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the museum is
housed in an 18th century viceroyalty mansion. This inspiring space exhibits the most
extraordinary collection of gold and silver artifacts from ancient Peru, and the famous collection
of erotic art, one of the most visited Peruvian attractions. Its unique visible storage is one of the
few in the world to be open to the general public, where walking between thousands of carefully
classified archaeological objects becomes a one-of-a-kind experience. Artifacts from the Museo
Larco are considered worldwide icons of pre-Columbian art. In recent years, in the most
prestigious social networks of travel advice, such as TripAdvisor, the Museo Larco has been
ranked among the top 25 museums in the world and the best museum in South America.

About Inkaterra Asociación

Self-funded through ecotourism, Inkaterra Asociacion is a non-profit organization committed to
scientific research as a basis for biodiversity conservation, education and the wellbeing of local
communities. Inkaterra Asociacion is supported by strategic partnerships with National
Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, Global Environment Facility (World Bank Group),
Conservation International, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, International Game Fish Association,
International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), CAF (Development Bank of Latin
America), Harvard University, Oregon State University, Agraria-La Molina University, San
Marcos University, among other influential organizations.

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