An image of a golden llama.

11 November 2021 – 20 February 2022

Daily: 10.00–17.00 (Fridays 20.30)
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Room 35

The Joseph Hotung Great Court Gallery


Adults from £15, Members and under 16s free.
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Step into the vibrant world of Peru and discover how people have thrived for millennia in one of the most complex and challenging environments on the planet.

Marking Peru’s bicentennial year of independence, this exhibition highlights the history, beliefs and cultural achievements of the different peoples who lived here from around 2500 BC to the arrival of Europeans in the 1500s, and their legacy in the centuries that followed.

From Peru’s early indigenous peoples to the ill-fated Inca, discover how past cultures were shaped by the diverse landscapes of the central Andes, flourishing at some of the highest altitudes and in some of the driest deserts on earth. Find out how they developed unique approaches to time, agriculture, economy and power, some of which endure today. 

The exhibition features objects from the British Museum’s collection, including pottery, precious metals, textiles and ritual paraphernalia, as well as extraordinary pieces borrowed from Peru itself. Striking, large-scale photography and videos of iconic sites, including the Nasca geoglyphs and Machu Picchu, will also give visitors a vivid sense of place and an appreciation of the artistic and architectural prowess of ancient Andean cultures.


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Members don't need to book to visit Peru: a journey in time. Please show your Membership card to gain entry. If you're visiting before your Membership card arrives, bring your Membership purchase confirmation email to the Membership Desk in the Great Court on the day of your visit. We'll then issue a temporary card to access your on-site benefits.

Please see our Visiting as a Member page for more information on visiting the Museum.


There are a limited number of hard copies of our large print guide available. Please speak to staff at the exhibition entrance for more information. You can also download the large print guide before or during your visit.

There are a few benches where you can sit down in the exhibition. A limited number of folding stools are available at the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Please drop these off as you exit the Museum on Montague Place.

Please note that the northeast lift in the Great Court will be closed for essential maintenance until January 2022. For access to the lower and upper galleries from the Great Court, please follow signs to the northwest lift located on the west side of the Great Court. If you are visiting the Peru: a journey through time exhibition in Room 35 and require the use of a lift, please exit via the entrance to the exhibition returning to use the northwest lift.


Schools exclusive morning views

Enjoy the exhibition with your students aged 7–18 (KS2 – KS5) at special times dedicated exclusively to schools:

  • Thursday 25 November 2021, 10.00–12.00
  • Wednesday 26 January 2022, 10.00–12.00
  • Monday 7 February 2022, 10.00–12.00

These sessions are free but booking is essential, please call: +44 (0)20 7323 8181.

Due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions, self-guided school groups are not currently able to book locker or lunch slots in the Ford Centre for Young Visitors. These school groups will be subject to maximum group capacities of eight for this exhibition and a maximum of eight for all other Museum areas and gallery spaces.

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As an independent division of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, PROMPERÚ is a government promotion agency, connecting both public and private initiatives, whose mission is to promote a competitive and diversified offer of products and services with the highest quality standards suitable for the international markets. PROMPERÚ carries out a wide range of activities related to trade, investment, and tourism promotion, focused on those linked with the expansion of businesses in foreign markets, the generation of job opportunities and spreading the image of Peru as an exporting country and an attractive investment and tourist destination.