In 1963, the Belgian Jesuit priest Gustavo Le Paige opened a museum in San Pedro to help protect, investigate, and share the region’s pre-Columbian archaeological heritage. Since then, the museum, whose 380,000 exhibits include several well-preserved mummies, has become one of the most popular attractions in the Atacama Desert town.
On November 1st, 2014, though, the museum will close for at least two years, while a new museum building is constructed on the same site as the current 50-year-old edifice. Although the collection will be moved to a different location during the construction, it will be available only for scholarly research, as not enough funds are available to temporarily recreate the public exhibits.
travelArt will be sure to keep you abreast of the construction’s progress as news becomes available; in the meantime, though, if you have any questions about the museum or its planned closure, please be sure to contact your travelArt sales representative.