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MAAM - Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana de Salta

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Address: Calle Gral Mitre 77, Salta A4400EHA, Argentina
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+54 387 437-0499
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The museum is small but full of information about Incas. Main exposition are the three infant mummies from the high mountains (18,000 ft). The museum rotates them and exhibits... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ramsesde
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

While no doubt you should go as it gives a brief introduction to Inca and pre-Inca civilisation, and for its unique center piece (mummified child sacrifices, a bit morbid!), the more detailed information was only available in Spanish. This could so easily be remedied but for some reason it hasn't?

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is small but full of information about Incas. Main exposition are the three infant mummies from the high mountains (18,000 ft). The museum rotates them and exhibits one at a time to ensure their proper preservation. ~2-3 hrs is enough to go through it thoroughly.

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Thank Ramsesde
Redmond, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I targeted visiting this museum in Salta before we even arrived in Argentina. The museum had one of the best curated displays and clear explanations of the various artifacts that my husband and I have encountered in the many archeological museums we have visited. The children of the mountain display (featuring one of the three children at... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a major museum, not just for Salta but for the whole country. The theme of mountain archaeology centres on children who (in our view) were sacrificed on mountain tops by the Inca monarchs. These were not like the Aztecs prisoners being sacrificed but high status children being married to each other and then to the sun. The museum... More 

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Thank Ivor M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum and is well worth a visit if in Salta! In our option it is by far the best museum in Salta because it is so interesting and incredibly moving. There is always one of three mummified children on display - they apparently rotate them every six months - and they are amazing to witness! It's... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Displays in Spanish and English about Inca life and and death of the chosen ones. The displays show the artefacts left with the mummified children from the top of a volcano. It was interesting to see the equipment used by the Argentinian and German expeditioners who discovered the mummies compered to the Incas who would have worn leather sandals. The... More 

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Netanya, Israel
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Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

The build up of the display towards the very touching and poignant display it the little girl's mummy is brilliantly done. Highly recommend the visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Foreign adults pay 100 pesos to enter. There are two queues you've got to wait in: one on the ground floor where you get asked about your nationality and get told that you can't take photos, and the second on the first floor where you get asked for your nationality again and take payment 😱 Surely one queue can do... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

The MAAM is one of the monument recommanded during the Free Walks of Salta for a good reason. Explanations, pictures, sculptures and tissus are well organized and really beautiful. Best point of the visit, the Lightning Girl and The Queen of the Hill mummies !

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Thank Tommy G
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

A very interesting museum about the discovery of 3 sacrificed Inka-childs on top of the Llullaillaco-Vulcano in 1999. Visitors always can only see one of them. The bodies have been perfectly preserved in the nature. Beyond that the museum explains the way of Inka life and culture. BUT: many informations are not translated, you have to understand Spanish for all... More 

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