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Peru Kingdoms of the Sun and The Moon

October 17, 2013–January 5, 2014

Discover the mysteries of Machu Picchu, treasures from royal tombs and archeological wonders from one of the cradles of civilization in Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon. More than 3,000 years of artistic history reveal a land of rich complexity and startling beauty.

This unusually wide-ranging exhibition covers archeology, ancient rituals, royal ceremonies, conquest and colonization, the formation of the republic and the emergence of a new national identity. Experience the unfolding of culture through the creative achievements of Peru, from gold funerary masks to modern folk art.

The Seattle Art Museum is proud to be the only U.S. venue presenting this spectacular exhibition of more than 300 works, including national treasures never before seen outside of Peru.

Discover Peru, land of hidden treasures, home to the first city in the Americas, a country of beauty and mystery. Travel back 3,000 years through the pottery, textiles, and stunning gold work of cultures that developed in isolation before the Inca ever built Machu Picchu. Trace the incorporation of indigenous motifs into European-style paintings and religious objects during colonization, and watch a new national identity emerge after independence.

Each work has a place in history, and together, they provide an expansive view of the deep and complex artistic heritage of Peru.

Look through these featured images and read the fascinating stories behind them for a small preview of the vast country that awaits you at the Seattle Art Museum.

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Hiram Bingham at the Main Camp, September 1912
Peru’s “Mona Lisa”: a Mochica Gold Octopus
Eucharistic urn in the shape of a pelican, ca. 1750-1760, Peruvian, possibly Lima
Back of litter, 750-1375, Peruvian, Lambayeque
Feathered hanging, 700-1200, Peruvian, Huari
Four-cornered hat with pictorial motifs, 700-1200, Peruvian, Huari
Union of the Imperial Inca Descendants with the Houses of Loyola and Borgia, 1718, Peruvian, Cuzco School
Cuzco: Three Sitting Men in Masks (Neg. 611), Cuzco, 1948, Irving Penn, American
Altarpiece, ca. 1970, Joaquín López Antay, Peruvian
Machu Picchu, 2002, Eduardo Calderón, Peruvian
Habitante de las cordilleras del Perú (Inhabitant of the Peruvian Highlands), 1855, Francisco Laso, Peruvian


Special Exhibition Admission Prices:

$19.50 Adult
$17.50 Senior (62+)
$17.50 Military (with ID)
$12.50 Student (with ID)
$12.50 Teen (13–17)
FREE for children (12 and under)
FREE for SAM members
The special exhibition fee includes admission to SAM collections and installations.

First Thursday Prices:

$9 Adult
$8 Senior (62+)
$8 Military (with ID)
$6 Student (with ID)
FREE for children (12 and under)
FREE for teens (19 and under)
FREE for SAM members

First Friday Prices:

$19.50 Adult
$8 Senior (62+)
$17.50 Military (with ID)
$12.50 Student (with ID)
$12.50 Teen (13–17)
FREE for children (12 and under)
FREE for SAM members

Become a Member

Join today and receive free admission, priority access and exclusive viewing opportunities for Peru.

Plus, as a SAM member you will enjoy a year of benefits, including:

Groups & Parties

Bring Your Group to Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon!

Purchase 10 or more tickets in advance for a discounted rate along with benefits such as TASTE Restaurant and SAM SHOP discounts and a free copy of SAM’s Bridging Cultures. Gather your friends, family, colleagues, or club members and create an experience to remember! Enhance your visit with an in-depth guided tour, private meeting space, lunch, or dinner reservations at TASTE. Please email or call 206.344.5260 to book your group today!

Host an Event at SAM

We invite you to celebrate Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon by hosting your event at SAM this fall. Let our creative TASTE Events and SAM Facilities team work with you to create a unique museum experience, tailored to fit your needs. Enjoy an artistically designed menu created by the TASTE Events culinary team inspired by this stunning exhibition. For more information, contact SAM’s Facilities Marketing Manager at 206.654.3140 or email


Wednesday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–9 pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Closed on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2013
Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, 2013

map of SAM location

SAM Downtown
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-2003


TTY 206.654.3137

Heading North:

I-5 to Seneca Street exit (#165), west on Seneca Street to First Avenue, and turn right (North)

Heading South:

I-5 to Union Street exit (#165B), west (toward Puget Sound) on Union Street to First Avenue

From I-90:

Heading West, merge onto I-5 North, take Madison Street (#2C). Turn left on Madison and right on First Avenue


Parking Discount: Third and Stewart Garage

Up to 4 hours for $6. Request a discount voucher at the SAM Ticketing Desk.

The garage is 4 blocks from SAM with entrance on Stewart Street, between Second and Third Avenues.

Russell Investment Center Garage

Seattle Art Museum does not validate parking at this garage.

Entrance is below the SAM building on Union Street between First and Second Avenues. 206.264.8444

Monday–Friday: 6 am–10 pm
Saturday: 9 am–midnight
Sunday: 10 am–10 pm

More Info

This is an ADA-accessible garage; it has an elevator that will leave you around the corner from the museum’s main entrance or inside the museum.

Bike Racks

There are bike racks on each corners of First Avenue and Union Street, Second Avenue and Union Street, Second Avenue and University Street, and First Avenue and University Street.

Travel Deals

Special Amtrak Offer: Take the Train to Seattle to See Peru!

Have friends or family in Portland, OR or Vancouver, BC? Invite them to come to Seattle on the train for Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon! Amtrak is offering a special deal for SAM visitors! Get 15% off coach tickets, good for travel to Seattle on the Coast Starlight, Empire Builder and Amtrak Cascades lines (valid Oct 17–Dec 17). Show that train ticket at SAM to enjoy $5 off Peru admission!

Booking Info

Hotel Packages

Visit Seattle and see Peru. All packages offered by our hospitality partners include two VIP tickets to see Peru at SAM. Please check museum hours and exhibition schedule before making your hotel reservation.

HOTEL ÄNDRA - 2000 Fourth Avenue
See SAM: Experience a sophisticated stay and an artistic exploration with the See SAM package! Includes overnight accommodations for two, a $25 dollar dining credit in Tom Douglas’s Lola restaurant and overnight valet parking. Subject to availability – blackout dates may apply.

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FAIRMONT OLYMPIC HOTEL - 411 University Street
Take a trip to Peru with SAM and the Fairmont Olympic! Your package includes luxurious accommodation, valet parking and two “Pisco Sour Clasico” welcome cocktails in the lovely Terrace Lounge.

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SEATTLE - 99 Union Street - Directly across from SAM
Art & ART: This package is perfect for art lovers! Includes overnight accommodations, a $50 food and beverage credit at ART Restaurant & Lounge (can also be applied to in-room dining), and a welcome amenity! Package rates start at $410.

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INN AT THE MARKET - 86 Pine Street
Mysteries of Peru: Stay at the only hotel in Seattle’s beloved Pike Place Market for a signature Seattle experience. Includes overnight accommodations, valet parking and a special amenity.

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A Spectacular Night in the City: Enjoy the fine art of highly personalized service and amenities. A short stroll to the Seattle Art Museum will take you to Peru. After, explore our wonderful Northwest art collection. Includes deluxe accommodations for two and a special delivery of select artisan cheese and a bottle of our WAC partnership label wine.

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Take a Trip to Peru: Located in the heart of Seattle, this historic hotel is proud to bring visitors a Peruvian treasures package. Includes Classic or Deluxe accommodations, and complimentary valet parking (normally $35 per day). Packages start at $179 plus tax. Price may vary and is on a space available basis.

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Discover a world of hidden treasures in Peru. Includes overnight deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two the following morning and a special late check-out time of 2 pm. Rates from $159-$229. Valid seven days a week through 1/5/14. Limited number of rooms are available for this promotion. Tax is additional. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions. Blackout dates may apply. Advance reservations required. Other restrictions apply. Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservations.


Summer in Peru & Winter in Seattle: Travel to Peru and stay at any of 17 Seattle Bed and Breakfast Inns. This association of independently owned and professionally operated bed and breakfast inns is dedicated to giving you an authentic Seattle experience. Includes accommodations for two, complimentary breakfast, free parking and wireless Internet. Please be advised of minimum stay requirements; contact individual inns for details and reservations.

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All Peru tours take place at SAM Downtown and are FREE with museum admission. For up-to-date information and full descriptions of tours, listed by date, visit the calendar.

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon Special Exhibition Tours

Wed–Sun, Oct 23, 2013–Jan 5, 2014, 1:15 & 2:15 pm
Spanish language tours Saturdays, 1:15 pm
Meet in the Charles Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries on the Fourth Floor.

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My Favorite Things: Highly Opinionated Public Tours

Beginning Oct 24
Thu at 6:30 pm
These tours feature the most opinionated and fascinating artists, cultural producers and community figures in the galleries discussing their favorite works of art. What they choose is always a surprise.

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ACCESS SAM Tours: Peru

Wed, Oct 23, 11 am–12:15 pm &
Sat, Nov 16, 10–11:15 am
Designed for individuals with low to no vision. Pre- registration required.


Private guided tours

Looking for in-depth information about the art at SAM? 60-minute private guided tours are available for adults, students and seniors at all three SAM locations. Please schedule at least three weeks prior to your visit date. To schedule a private tour, email or call 206.344.5260 for more information. Spanish language tours are available for Peru.

Special Thanks

This exhibition is organized by the

The Seattle presentation of this exhibition is made possible with
critical funding provided by donors to SAM's Fund for Special Exhibitions.

Presenting Sponsors

Major Sponsors
  Snoqualmie Tribe  

Additional Support   Port Madison Enterprises   Kreielsheimer Exhibition Endowment

Official Airline Sponsor   Delta Air Lines

Promotional Sponsors

Broadcast Media Sponsor

Print Media Sponsor

Educator Resources

Educator Resource Guide

This guide is designed as a resource for educators visiting Peru on a guided or self-guided visit. It includes project units, activities, and more for you and your students.

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Educator Resource List

The Educator Resource List includes books for students and resources for teachers, including books media, outreach activities, and online sources. Download it to enrich your Peru experience and curriculum.

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Ancient Art Outreach Suitcase

SAM Outreach Suitcases contain artifacts that students can handle, examine and discuss. This suitcase explores how different ancient cultures from Mexico, Peru, the Mediterranean region, India, and China expressed their ideals and achievements through art and everyday objects. Read the overview and reserve a suitcase for your classroom to bring Peruvian art right to your classroom!

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Check out these great reading recommendations and resources about Peru, selected by SAM's librarian. All are available at The Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library at SAM Downtown.

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Audio Guides

Audio tours are available for Peru in English and Spanish in three formats:

  1. Smartphone App: Coming soon for Windows, iPhone and Android smartphones.
  2. Podcast: Coming Soon
  3. Audio Guide Wands: Available in the galleries, free with museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

La audioguía está disponible en español.

Special audio guide for low and no vision visitors:
There is a second audio guide on the wand that offers extended visual descriptions of the same objects for visitors who are blind or partially-sighted (or anyone seeking an in-depth guided look at the objects).

Produced by Acoustiguide and the Seattle Art Museum.