Inauguration of the Hualcayán Museum

On August 3rd, 2014, PIARA took the first step in addressing a longstanding request of the Hualcayán community by opening the first iteration of a local museum and cultural center. The Hualcayán Museum is a virtual museum and text display in a refurbished room of the community center. The exhibits currently consist of an iPad and monitor that contain interactive content of archaeological resources of the Hualcayán site. Timeline banners on the area’s prehistory line three of the walls. An iconographic display of the Recuay culture are also displayed along with photographic displays of community members and archaeological research conducted over the past several years.

For more photos of the Hualcayán Museum, click here.
Collaboration with the University of Memphis

In 2015, students in a Museum Practices Class at the University of Memphis created new exhibits and projects for the 
Hualcayán Museum. These projects include exhibits like revised timeline banners, an oral history booth, a community quipu, and a community scrapbook, but also community projects like publicizing the Hualcayán craft workshop and creating materials to educate the community about archaeology and condors. The new exhibits were installed at the Hualcayán Museum in January 2015.

For this class, PIARA Co-Director Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza worked on a strategic plan for the Hualcayán Museum and Community Center. This new building would include a museum, library, meeting spaces, and much more!  If all goes according to plan, this center will be finished in Hualcayán by 2020.

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