Before the Incas, the exhibition of the Musée du Quai Branly

With its exhibition Before the Incas, the Musée du Quai Branly reveals the story of societies now forgotten which inhabited Peru and the Andes Mountains 1,500 years ago. Ceramic and wooden items, gold jewels, ornaments and emblems, over 300 objects are brought together to display the key influence Andean societies had on the following civilizations, including Incas.

With its exhibition “Before the Incas” running from November 14, 2017 to April 1, 2018, the Musée du Quai Branly offers us a new perspective on Inca civilization.

In a beautiful and large area, the Parisian museum dedicated to Southern American, African and Asian civilizations reveals world story lines according to discoveries.

After the compelling exhibition about Maori, the Musée du Quai Branly takes us to the Andes Mountains thanks to an exhibition revealing the life in Peru before the Incas and the wealth of civilizations prior Incas. Cupisnique, Mochica, Chimú, Lambayeque, all these societies took part in the coming of a civilization, the Inca civilization.

Thanks to the latest archaeological advances conducted in the region – on Huaca sites near Trujillo or in Sipán royal graves – and through over 300 objects, the Musée du Quai Branly offers us a wonderful testimony of a political system now disappeared.

Le Pérou avant les Incas, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly

Le Pérou avant les Incas, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly

Le Pérou avant les Incas, l'expo au Musée du Quai Branly

How did the society work? What was the people’s daily life, the kings’, elites’ and priests’? Through 5 sections and covering over 2000 years, the exhibition focuses on the Peru northern coast territory, the heavenly power, power and architecture, earth power and power practiced by women!

After this exhibition, we promise you’ll know more about Inca civilization story and finally the result of the social development of native people before Spanish conquered the territory.

Practical information:
Before Incas, the exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly

From November 14, 2017 to April 1, 2018
Venue: Musée du Quai Branly
Opening hours: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday, late-night opening until 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Rates: €10, €7 (reduced rate)

Elodie D.
Last updated on 14 November 2017

Practical information

Opening Time
From 14 November 2017 to 1 April 2018



    Quai Branly
    75007 Paris 7

    Recommended age
    For all

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    Horaires : 11h-19h du mardi au dimanche, nocturne jusqu'à 21h les jeudis, vendredis et samedis

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