Whenever I’m asked to list my top local attractions or must-do experiences you’ll always find me mentioning two places: Stanley Park along with the Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”). Ever since our elementary school class visited the museum decades ago, I have been fascinated with the culture, history, art, and deep West Coast education I soak up with every visit to this Arthur Erickson-designed building.
Aside from its permanent collections, Canada’s largest teaching museum also hosts special exhibitions, the latest of which is Luminescence: The Silver of Peru.
The gleaming exhibition celebrating Peruvian history and culture will open to the public on Friday, October 5, 2012 and be on display until Sunday, December 16, 2012. It features more than 140 artifacts assembled from private and national museum collections, as well as from the Patronato Plata del Peru.
Bursts of bright light danced across the royal courts, ceremonies, processions and battlefields of pre-Columbian Peru. Reflected by the gold and silver of crowns, jewelry, regalia, costumes and banners, such luminosity proclaimed the divine power and authority of Andean priests and rulers for nearly 2,500 years.
Despite the 16th century Spanish Conquest, the importance of the reflective properties, and divine qualities traditionally associated with gold and silver, were not forgotten. New techniques were developed to satisfy the novel demands of the Catholic Church and colonial elite.
Later, Peruvian Independence inaugurated a revival of the indigenous use of silver, and the introduction of a new style of silverware celebrating the country’s distinct flora and fauna.
The Museum of Anthropology is located at the University of British Columbia, 6393 NW Marine Drive and is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm; 9:00pm on Tuesdays; and will be closed on Mondays after October 9th. The exhibition is free with admission which is $16.75 for adults, $14.50 for seniors and students, and $44.75 for families. Children 6 and under are free and group rates are available.
I have two passes to give away for the Museum of Anthropology so that the winner and a guest can enjoy this exhibition and the museum’s other collections. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 12:00pm.
Update The winner is Marina!