MAAM Museum, little bit disappointing
’Museo de Arqueología de Alta Montaña’ (MAAM Museum) is completely dedicated to one of the most important discoveries in the field of high altitude archaeology, which took place in March 1999 at the peak of Llullaillaco Volcano (6730 m) with the finding of three children - buried 500 years ago as a religious sacrifice - belonging to the Inca culture, together with almost 150 different artifacts.
After ascending the staircase to the first floor in the modern interior of a historic neogothic building and paying our entrance fee, we could enter the first hall of this museum. Immediately we could watch a video about the expedition and excavation of the bodies. Just a pity it was in Spanish, with English subtitles.
We went to a second hall, where artifacts were exhibited which were found next to the bodies of the Llullaillaco children; among them nicely decorated pottery, bags, gold and silver jewellery, headdresses and articles of clothing.
In the ‘main’ hall were some photos of the children displayed with information of them. Just one of the preserved ‘bodies’ can be seen from some distance, behind a thick window in a special climatized chamber.
All together we were a little bit disappointed about the museum, especially after reading so many favourable reviews:
- information is only in Spanish (although we got printed English explanation for our tour)
- in just 20 minutes we were ready with our visit (most probably the museum was wasted on us).
- the entrance fee of 30 pesos per person is by the far the most we paid in Argentina.
The museum has on the ground floor a coffee-shop and a nice gift shop, with some original gifts from northwest Argentina.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11.00 am – 7.30 pm
Entrance fee: 30 pesos per person.
See also their website.