Museo Irq’i Yachay

Museo Irq’i Yachay information

Cuzco , Peru
Address
Street Teatro 344
Telephone
+51 84 24 1416
More information
www.aylluyupaychay.org
Opening hours
10am-1pm & 2-5pm Mon-Fri
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Lonely Planet review

More an art-and-craft exhibition than a museum, Museo Irq’i Yachay is the fascinating by-product of an NGO that seeks to give opportunities for cognitive development to kids in remote communities. Since the most isolated and neglected communities are also guardians of traditional culture, the result is an engrossing glimpse of Andean culture.

The kids paint what they know – animals, mountains, rivers, people – and incorporate the symbols of the weavings that surround them from birth: north is hope and future, red is love and revenge. Along with the art itself, there’s an impressive display of textiles. Accompanying interpretive information in Spanish and English explains this symbology in detail and makes this museum a must for textile fans.