Gold and the Incas
Lost worlds of Peru
Dates + venue
6 December 2013 – 21 April 2014,
Morning and afternoon session tickets are available for Gold and the Incas through Ticketek. See adjacent for package details.
Morning Session – 10am – 1pm
Afternoon Session – 1pm – 5pm
- Adult/Concession $25 / $20
- NGA Member/Family* $16 / $37
- Child (7-16 years) $6
- Family/Family* Concession $55 / $45
*2 adults and 3 children
Call Ticketek on 1300 795 012. Gallery ticket desk open 10 am - 5 pm daily
Transaction fee of $4.95 apply.
Recorded information +61 2 6240 6501
General information +61 2 6240 6411
For visitors with mobility difficulties +61 2 6240 6411
The National Gallery of Australia will host a major international exhibition, Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru from 6 December 2013 until 21 April 2014. The exhibition will be on display in Canberra only.
Gold and the Incas is the most important survey of Peruvian art ever staged in Australia and will showcase the splendour of the ancient pre-Hispanic cultures of Peru. Audiences will encounter the aesthetic depth, drama and beauty of the famous Incan empire and its predecessors. More than 200 objects, from scintillating gold pieces made to decorate the nobility in life or in death, intricate jewellery, elaborate embroidered and woven cloths to breathtakingly sophisticated ceramic sculptures will be on display.
For more than 2,000 years before the Spanish came to Peru, great cultures rose and fell, were conquered by others or absorbed into them. Almost every artefact that survives was buried with their owners, to be re-discovered in modern times. Gold and silver were plundered by the Conquistadors, sent to Spain and melted down to make coins. But in the last 100 years there have been extraordinary archaeological finds, and much scientific research is occurring today. Sites such as Sipán and Chan Chan, Piura and Lambayeque have their own museums, and have generously lent some of their greatest treasures to the National Gallery of Australia. Many extraordinary objects will be on view which belong to the Larco, Oro and Amano museums in Lima, all founded by Peruvian archaeologists and collectors, while the National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History has a central role in national life.
As well as being highly-skilled metalworkers, potters and weavers, the artisans of Peruvian civilisation included in their works religious and political ideas based on the importance of the natural world. Lively depictions of animals, birds and fish decorate the works of art. Technological inventions such as the knotted string quipu provide a new outlook on the sophisticated world of the Incas. The Chavín, Nazca, Moche and Chimú cultures were eventually overcome by Inca warriors in the decades after 1400, themselves to be conquered by the Spanish in 1533.
All packages include an exhibition ticket
- Saturday and Sunday
Breakfast from 8am, exhibition entry from 10am
Relax with a Peruvian styled breakfast in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant.
Buy breakfast tickets
- Wednesday to Sunday
12:00 pm with afternoon session ticket or
2:00 pm with morning session ticket
Enjoy a Peruvian inspired lunch in the Sculpture Garden Restaurant before viewing the exhibition.
Buy lunch tickets
- Tuesday Evenings
4 Feb 2014 – 11 March 2014
An informative introduction to Gold and the Incas: Lost world of Peru
by a Gallery staff member prior to an exclusive after hours exhibition viewing.
Buy session tickets
Family joint ticket
- Combined Family ticket offer: $95 For both Gold and the Incas and Measure Island
An overall saving of $30 for both exhibitions!
Questacon and the National Gallery of Australia are offering a combined Family ticket for two adults and three children for their exhibitions that are running concurrently.
Tickets do not need to be used on the same day
Tickets only available through Ticketek (link not ready yet) or at the NGA Information desk.
Buy session ticket