National Archeology Museum
The National Museum of Archaeology of Bolivia is the national archaeology museum of Bolivia. It is located in the capital of La Paz, two blocks east of the Prado. perated by the National Institute of Archaeology, a specialized agency of the Deputy Minister of Culture, it is said to be the most prominent museum in Bolivia. The museum represents the cultural antecedents of the Bolivian people from the pre-Columbian era. There are displays of carved sculptures, as well as ceramic and painted objects in stone and metals.
The national museum is part of the National Institute of Archaeology under the administrative jurisdiction of the Deputy Minister of Culture. It has more than 50,000 archaeological items which were found through research and excavation work. It represents the cultures of the eastern plains and of the western mountainous region. The cultural development of the Bolivian people, as it evolved over the past several centuries, is represented.
The exhibits on display in the permanent exhibition consist of valuable artifacts of Tiwanaku, Chiripa, Mollo, Inca and eastern Bolivian cultures. It also houses the collections of Bishop Indaburu and Colonel Diez de Medina, in addition to items from recent archaeological excavations.
The exhibits reflect the heritage that evolved over several centuries. These include sculpture, paintings, music and dancing, representing a fusion of Indian and European cultures.
A high relief carving on display is made of black stone and has a geometric design. It belongs to the Chinpa culture (about 1500 BC), and was taken from the Traco Peninsula in Los Andes Province.Bronze Inca figures, mummies and a monolith, which belonged to the Tiwanaku and Inca cultures, are also on display. Tiwanaku (which is predated to the Inca period) is the Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia, which is traced to early 1500 BC. Other exhibits include Pre-Columbian period animals.